Your Healing Journey

Feeling stuck? Uncertain? Easily triggered? Alone? Learn more about the healing pathway, as a means to understand the ebb and flow of one's journey to healing.
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It's nice to virtually "meet" you --

My name is Shanika and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), private practice owner, psychotherapist, and a student of life. Much like yourself, I originally engaged in my own mental health work with the intention to discover a deeper understanding and awareness of my own behaviors, needs, and values. And, ultimately -- to simply feel better during tough times. I welcome you to the sacred opportunity to engage in a journey to unearth your most true sense of self. Albeit similar to my own experiences and those of many others, I honor your unique life experience and consider you the "expert in the room" when we embark on discussions about your world. My clinical role prompts me to couple evidenced-based approaches and appropriate interventions with a genuine human compassion and unconditional positive regard for you. Metaphorically, our work, together, asks us to come alongside one another for this leg of your journey. I set my intentions, daily, to help you determine why you are here, what you have planned for yourself on this path, and to support you in fostering the connections you intend to nurture, while you are here.
Shanika Paylor


I offer support in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • College Mental Health
  • Couples Counseling
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Cultural and Systemic Oppression
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief
  • Mindfulness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Kink/Diverse Sexualities
  • Open Relationships/Polyamory
  • PTSD
  • Racial Identity
  • Spirituality and Religion
  • Self-Harming
  • Transgender Issues
  • Trauma
  • Women's Issues
  • Attachment Issues
  • Abuse Survivors


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Oscar
  • Oxford


“Shanika Paylor is a very honest, friendly, non-judgmental, professional, encouraging, supportive, trustworthy, hard-working and very knowledgeable. It was one of the most enlightening and most beneficial encounters of my life.”

Former Client


Offering teletherapy services in North Carolina

Golden Lotus Counseling & Psychotherapy PLLC

4711 Hope Valley Rd 4F PMB 1245
Durham, NC 27707-5651

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