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Chris Shade

Position: Master's Intern

Location: Denton

Specialties & Subspecialties: The Gottman Method; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Age Group: 16-Adult


  • B.S. in Education (1993); M.Ed. in Education Administration (1997); enrolled in M.S. in Counseling (Expected 2024)

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After 30 years in public education serving as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, and keynote speaker, I retired in December 2022 to pursue a career in counseling. In my youth, teachers shaped my path, and I became a teacher. As retirement was looming, I thought to myself, “What would I do if I could go back in time and back to school and do it all over again?” On the heels of that thought, I pondered, “Why go back in time? Go back to school now.” Throughout adulthood, counselors changed my life, and today, I am in school to become a counselor, just like those who inspired me.

  • In 2016, I gave a TEDx Talk, about the past and the future of education I called, Education is None of Your Business (
  • My immediate family is either a teacher or a therapist (Counselors=Me, my son, and his wife; Teachers=My wife and my daughter)
  • Finding ways to bring creativity to matters not typically thought to be creative is a fun challenge for me.