Shannon Warden

Assistant Professor

Research and Special Interests:

Counseling children, families and couples; creativity in counseling and counselor education; assessment and program evaluation; counselor supervision; mental health services for rural populations; and spirituality in counseling


  • Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC Greensboro, 2009
  • Nonprofit Management Certificate, UNC Greensboro, 2008
  • MA.Ed., Counselor Education, Wake Forest University, 1998
  • BA, Journalism, Elon College, 1996

Counseling Experience

I have worked as a counselor in both private and public agencies — serving clients of all ages, from various cultural backgrounds, with a broad range of relational, personal and psychological issues. My primary focus has been counseling with children, families and couples, although I also have done a good bit of both group counseling and individual counseling, including counseling with women dealing with self-esteem issues, depression and anxiety. In addition to my full-time work at Wake Forest, I serve as the director of women’s ministries at my church, where I have the great privilege of counseling a few hours each week. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, I also supervise a small number of Licensed Professional Counseling Associates. Of the many theories I integrate into my counseling and supervision, I most enjoy Adlerian, Existential and Narrative theories.


I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three children, attending sports events and concerts, watching The Voice and Survivor, listening to ‘80s music, organizing anything that needs to be organized and eating just about anything (especially Southern comfort foods).