Dr. Shannon D. South is an award winning therapist, an amazon best-selling author, a professional speaker and an expert in the field of spirituality and healing trauma for over 20 years. She is also a mother, writer and avid meditator, having completed her doctorate studying meditation and its effects on depression, anxiety, dopamine and other neurotransmitters. Dr. South grew up in the mountains of NC. She loves spending time outside, being with her family and loved writing poetry as a child.
Her passions are speaking, writing and helping people "heal the split" associated with trauma so that wholeness and joy can occur naturally. Transforming patterns that are not who we really are and living from our most authentic self takes work, and Dr. South knows how to assist people in giving themselves these valuable life-changing gifts.
When there is pain in our lives, we often develop or experience "unsupportive", or "joy-busting" coping skills and patterns. Our system attempts to "handle these events, beliefs or experiences" the best way it knows how. These less healthy ways of coping hold us together until we can develop new ways of being with ourselves, our pain and others. Dr. South utilizes processes in her therapy such as EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), dreamwork and a transpersonal psychology process called "the Inner Counselor". To understand more about her healing therapeutic work and how she can help you get to the root of the problem go to Dr. Shannon Recommends for links to these processes in detail. People feeling free, joyful, clear and more peaceful are some of the benefits one can receive from these types of therapy.
In 1994, during graduate school, Shannon had a spiritual experience during meditation, healing her rather debilitating anxiety and panic disorder. Since this transformative experience, Shannon's focus changed from one of traditional psychotherapy to a holistic, transpersonal nature. She began intense studies in meditation, mind-body-spirit healing and MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. She obtained her doctorate in theology studying with Dr. Norman Shealy and Dr. Carolyn Myss.
A Bestselling Author
Dr. South has published three books beginning with Love Wisdom: A Soul's Journey to Wellness in 2008. She published her revolutionary 3-step healing program in her bestselling ebook, Time for Me: From Stressed-Out Mom to Joy Magnet in 3 Simple Steps in 2013.
Along with New York Times bestselling authors, Marci Shimoff, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood, Dr. South co-authored the #1 bestseller, Breakthrough! Inspirational Strategies for an Audaciously Authentic LIfe. She is currently finishing her fourth book, The Joy Magnet: 3 Life Changing Keys to Transform Stress and Depression into Happiness and Love.
Shannon was published in Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine for her research on “The Effects of a Love-Wisdom Meditation on Urinary Catecholamines Excretion, Anxiety, Depression, Kinesiology Levels in Participants Who Have a History of Sexual Abuse”. She found that in practicing this self-love meditation for fifteen minutes a day for 3 weeks, you can significantly increase dopamine, decrease anxiety and decrease depression. You can find this meditation in her book or by signing up for her FREE GIFT where she guides you through it.
An Inspirational Speaker
As an inspirational speaker since 1995, she has led workshops, groups and trainings on topics such as 10 Ways to Increase Joy in Your Life, Breaking Free from the Cycle of Shame, Anxiety and Fear, Stress Management: Take Charge of Your Life, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Goal Setting: Make Your Passions Work for You, and Love Wisdom: A Practical Approach to Spirituality. For a more thorough list, please go to her Speaking page which lists all her current trainings.
To encounter more Joy in your life, take Dr. Souths Free "Joy IQ Quiz" and find out your "Joy Magnet Score" here on her website!