2863 Executive Park Drive, Suite 106
Weston, Florida 33331
Monica Arroyo LCSW, Shawnda Burns LMHC & Associates
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Shawnda Burns, LMHC, CAP

Shawnda is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addiction Professional in the State of Florida who has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. Her areas of expertise include working with individuals and families:

  • parenting
  • substance abuse
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • child/adolescent issues
  • relationship issues
  • eating disorders
  • chronic illnesses
  • diabetes family support

Shawnda believes that psychotherapy is about change and making yourself a priority. Life can become overwhelming and out of control. We become anxious, depressed about poor health, destructive relationships, losses, trauma and endless disappointments. When you hear yourself say, “I don’t want to live this way any longer”, you are ready to take your life back. Taking the first step towards getting help is often the most difficult. We are often thrown curve balls in life and we need to learn how to accept life on life’s terms and at the same time maintain a sense of control and happiness.

Shawnda focuses on the importance of valuing yourself, forgiving yourself for not being perfect, and most importantly , knowing that you are deserving. With a greater sense of self worth you will successfully pursue the things you need and want- relationships, work, education, etc.

Her philosophy as a clinician is the emphasis on the client/counselor relationship as to the success of treatment. Her strength is in creating a non-judgmental environment where clients can feel comfortable without the fear of blame or stigma.

As a therapist, her main focus is to help individuals, parents, adolescents, and children gain insight into themselves as well as their problems. Her approach to counseling is compassionate, with the use of empowerment, personal strengths, insight and humor to assist the client in addressing challenging issues and making positive life choices.

Shawnda creates a supportive environment for parents and families struggling with chronic illness, specifically diabetes. Her son was diagnosed with Insulin Dependent Diabetes at the age of two and is extremely familiar with how chronic illnesses impact not only the individual battling the illness, but also the family. Shawnda brings both a professional and personal touch to the family. She is passionate about parenting and children issues.


  • MS, Mental Health Counseling, Miami Institute of Psychology, Miami, Florida
  • BS, Criminology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida


  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Lic. #MH8451)
  • Certified Addiction Professional (Lic. #2497)

Over 10 years experience:

  • Psychotherapist - West Broward Counseling Center, Weston, FL
  • Psychotherapist - A Place For Growth, Weston, FL
  • Treatment Counselor - Broward Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Case Manager - Henderson Mental Health Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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