About Our Founder
Shaina Fawn, LCSW
I was born and raised in the beautiful high desert of Northern New Mexico. I was raised by a single mother and was the oldest of two daughters. My mother suffered from debilitating depression her entire life and this led me to care deeply about mental health awareness and stigma. In 2003 I started my career in the field of mental health when I began volunteering at the crisis center on my college campus, working as a crisis support volunteer in suicide prevention and intervention. I later found my way to social work and eventually to therapy and consulting. I have been in the field of mental health for nearly 20 years and have experience in child welfare, hospice, medical social work, and integrated care.
Why Social Work and Therapy?
My drive to become a social worker was born out of an attraction that I have always had to human resiliency. From a young age, I sensed that humans had an incredible ability to be able to overcome adversity and heal from the darkest of days. My passion is working with individuals, families, communities, organizations, and agencies to heal and help build connections for healing and wellness. I am deeply committed to mentoring, educating, and supervising future social workers.
I feel honored to be a part of people's journeys to healing. My approach is laid back and down to earth. I am warm, nurturing, and empathetic. I like to start where my clients are on their journey. My goal is to create safe spaces where people can be vulnerable, express themselves without fear of being judged. My hope is that my clients will be able to tap into their innate resilience in order to build connections, relationships, and strength for a brighter tomorrow.
Why the Entertainment Industry?
Eleven years ago I met my partner in Denver, Colorado. We worked together at a middle school in the inner city. I was a case manager and he was an acting teacher. On our first date, over sushi, we discussed the overlap between our two industries; how we both hold space for the human experience; how we both desire to make the world a better place. Over the past decade, I have developed my career as a Trauma-Informed therapist. He has developed his career as an actor, writer, and producer. We have continued to have conversations about the ways in which our careers intersect.
Being adjacent to the entertainment industry and through stories of many industry friends, I have witnessed the ways in which the industry has failed to respond appropriately to mental health needs. I have heard stories of burnout, psychosis, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, depression, and debilitating performance anxiety. I have heard stories of discrimination, racism, long work hours, financial uncertainty, botched auditions, and unreasonable expectations. I desire to use my skill set as a therapist and social worker to have an impact on an industry that desperately needs mental health support and advocacy, now more than ever.
"There is absolutely is a better way; the entertainment industry can do a better job of supporting its workers in a trauma-informed way. The question is if the industry is ready and committed to making the necessary change."