Shannon Anderson – Counselor

Shannon Anderson MA, LPC, NCC, KPMT
Owner, Clinical Director  

Child Counselor & Family Counselor

Shannon Anderson Child Counselor in Cape Girardeau

Shannon Anderson is the Owner and Clinical Director of Tender Hearts Child Therapy Center. Shannon specializes as a Child Counselor and Family Counselor working with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in children and teens.  

In the Summer of 2012, Shannon became certified as a Parent Management Training Clinician in the Kazdin Method
TM (KPMT). Parent Management Training in the Kazdin Method™ was developed through research over a period of more than 30 years by Dr. Alan Kazdin – John Musser Professor of Psychology at Yale University and director of the Yale Parenting Center.  PMT is considered one of the primary Evidenced-Based Treatments for children and teens from 3 to 14 years old with oppositional, aggressive, and antisocial behaviors. Parent Management Training (PMT) has been selected by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) as the only well established treatment for Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder for children in this age group.

Additionally, as an expert Child Counselor Shannon has sought intensive training in Problem Solving Skills Training (PSST), another Evidenced-Based Treatment for children and teens. PSST teaches children and teens how to systematically solve problems, thus resulting in a reduction in impulsive decisions that often have negative consequences for the child or teen.

Shannon has also completed a training study with the Missouri Therapy Network in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT has been found to be an effective method of treatment for children and teens struggling with issues related to grief, loss, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from sexual and physical abuse, and various other causes of childhood trauma.

Shannon is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, a designation conferred by the Association for Play Therapy. To earn this designation, Shannon completed 150 clock hours of play therapy training, five years and 5,000 hours of post-master’s clinical experience, and 500 supervised and 500 additional hours of play therapy experience.  This is very specialized training and requires continued Professional Development hours, which keep Shannon on the cutting edge of the field as an expert Child Counselor.

Shannon has been the owner and Clinical Director of Tender Hearts since August of 2010. He has worked in a Children’s Residential Treatment Facility and in several community agency positions serving the needs of children and their families in the Southeast Missouri area.  He specializes as a Child Counselor, providing Child Counseling, Teen Counseling and Family Counseling at the Main Office in Cape Girardeau, MO.


Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University


Licensed Professional Counselor

National Certified Counselor

Parent Management Training Clinician in the Kazdin MethodTM
Problem-Solving Skills Training

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy training

Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

AutPlay Level II Certification

Shannon’s passion is working with the children and families he serves in the office and other settings.  Shannon continually strives to maintain the highest ethical standards for himself and for the staff at Tender Hearts Child Therapy Center.  He enjoys attending Professional Development workshops and reading Professional Books and other materials related to various topics pertaining to child and family counseling.  Whenever he “sneaks away” from the office, Shannon enjoys being outdoors hiking, fishing, hunting, and spending “family time” with his wife and daughter.

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