About Finding Hope Counseling Services, LLC

Resources and therapy are not always readily available for those who need it most. We are here for you.

Thomas Shoffner

Thomas Shoffner

Family Trauma Specialist

Finding Hope Counseling Services, LLC was founded in August of 2020 by Thomas Shoffner, LPC and is in Philadelphia, MS. Our founder, Thomas, presently holds a dual license in both Mississippi and Pennsylvania and is trained Marriage and Family Counseling from Mississippi College.

Thomas has worked in mental health consistently for the past 7 years. During this time, he has worked in different areas. These include inpatient facilities, Behavior Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS or Wraparound), outpatient, and community mental health. This also included working with kids, adults, teens, and families.

During all these positions, Thomas realized how not everyone who can benefit from therapy services can attain them. Resources and therapy are not always readily available for them in means of being affordable or easily attainable. Upon realizing this, Thomas decided to start his own practice to ensure that those who were in need were able to attain the help they deserve when it comes to their mental health.

Finding Hope Counseling Services strives to make therapy affordable to as many clients as possible.


Shayla Kirksey Robertson

LPC Therapist

My name is Shayla Kirksey Robertson, I am an LPC therapist. I have worked in the mental health field for 18 years, we’re I received my undergraduate-degree from the University of Southern miss and my master’s degree from Mississippi state university. I have a healthcare  administration degree from Belhaven University as well. As a counselor, I specialize in children and adolescents. My focus is to assist patients that struggle with anxiety, depression, and all mental health illnesses. I have also worked with the adult population including alcohol and substance abuse. My counseling styles varies to the needs of the client. I feel l give my clients a safe space to explore emotions and process thoughts.  
I have been married for 17 years and I have two children.  I enjoy spending time with my family.  I love football and gardening. 

Explanation of Credentials:

MS Credential: LPC-S #468
Qualified to supervise individuals that have received their P-LPC in MS and are seeking to attain their post-graduate hours towards licensure.

BC-TMH: Board Certified Telemental Health Provider

The State of MS of monitors how telehealth is provided by counselors/therapists and required this certification.

FST: Family Systems Trauma
Family Systems Trauma (FST) was created by Dr. Scott Sells who founded Family Trauma Institute. The model allows the therapist to work with the families, couples, and with individuals to improve the overall dynamic. The FST model looks at the unhealthy undercurrents being experienced, addresses the toxic seeds, and works to change things to become healthier as each item is addressed and worked on. This includes, at times, addressing diet, exercise, and other aspects to help treat the symptoms and get to the root of the overall problem.

The model is part of the PLL Model that requires that any model part of the PLL to be backed by evidence to verify it’s effectiveness. Learn more about FST here.

CIMHP: Certified Integrative Mental Health Provider
Focuses on the use of integrative medicine to help with treating various aspects of mental health.