As a health guide at Harbor Health, Shakell Newton’s goal is to help people discover their optimal selves. She empowers people to be the experts of their own lives and encourages them to rely on their strengths more than focusing on their weaknesses. Shakell is a master’s level mental health counselor and life coach and has served more than a decade in public and private sectors of social work and mental health and wellness. She is a member of the American Counselors’ Association and is certified to provide child and adult needs and strengths assessments.
Shakell has special interests in helping people who have experienced trauma, ADHD, depression and anxiety. Among other places of employment, she worked as a case manager at Catholic Charities and at other nonprofits serving foster care children and those in residential centers. Throughout all of her work, she reminds people humor is healing.
In her personal health journey, she looks to self care, art and meditation to keep her grounded and enriched. She loves to take walks with loved ones, attend live music events and occasionally indulge in childhood favorites like bubblegum and fun games with friends.