Featured Therapist: Nicholas.

Nicholas Seibel is one of our amazing therapist trainees.  He has had a wide variety of therapeutic experience ranging from being a text message peer counselor, to a residential counselor for kids, teenagers and adults with severe emotional disorders, to a group facilitator at a dual diagnosis facility, to working as a phone-line counselor for the elderly.  Nicholas decided to become a therapist after healing from his own trauma. He realized that helping others, who have been through similar experiences, was rewarding and transformative. He explains “nothing makes me happier than when a client says that what we have been doing has helped them become a stronger individual.” 

Nicholas specializes in working with the LGBTQ community, especially people in the age range of 15-35.  He believes that the transitional age from teen to adult is such a crucial time for life-skills building and he wants to be there to support them.   Nicholas says “I want to know that my own lived experience has helped me connect with individuals who are still facing traumatic experiences, so that I can help them see that they do have the strength to move past the pain and build a life all on their own. I pride myself in being a therapist who people look forward to seeing because the sessions are sometimes fun and provide transformation and growth.  Liberation has offered me the chance to learn and practice my calling as a therapist and it has been the most fulfilling job I have had so far in my life.”

Featured Therapist: Shannon.

Shannon Frank-Richter, MA, AMFT, APCC began with Liberation Institute in March 2019 and became the agency’s first full-time associate teletherapist in July 2019. Before joining Liberation Institute, she gained experience working with clients at the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara.

Shannon believes that therapy accesses a fundamental need everyone has as humans: a desire to be understood. She helps clients understand that their strengths are their road map to wellness, and their therapeutic journey is most successful once they can access and believe in their own personal talents. She believes all individuals’ path to vitality and happiness are unique and feels blessed for the opportunity to work with clients. Shannon has been a vital part of Liberation Institute, helping us continue our mission in providing affordable access to mental health services.

Although she recently moved to Portland, Oregon, she says her heart belongs to the Bay Area where she was married and raised her family. Any chance she gets, she ventures to the Pacific coastline to indulge in the crisp sea air, or hikes among the redwoods that beautifully grace the West Coast. Connecting with nature is Shannon’s most treasured way to regain balance and restore energy so she can be the best therapist she can be.

Shannon is supervised by Lynndal Daniels, LMFT.