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Dr. Shawchuck contracts with Wellness Psychological Services to offer services in both our Tampa and St. Pete offices.

Hi, my name is Dr Carita Shawchuck.  Due to the complexity of my name, many of my patient’s chose to call me Dr. S.  I have been licensed as a psychologist for 28 years.  I am a recent transplant to Florida from North Dakota, where I owned a group private practice. I am excited about joining the team at Wellness Psychological Services, and the opportunity to work with children and teens in Tampa and St. Petersburg.  I started my career as a Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital St. Paul, MN where I worked with pediatric oncology patients as well as children and adolescents with acute and chronic medical problems.  Thereafter, I joined a large health system where I focused on treating children and teens coping with grief and loss, parent divorce, anxiety disorders, depression, and behavior problems, as well as aiding parents struggling with parenting problems. I eventually opened a group private practice where I continued focus on working with children, teens and their families struggling with the same types of problems as those identified above. 

I believe that in order for therapy to be effective, it is crucial to ensure that children and their parents feel emotionally safe, understood and an integral part of the treatment planning process.  Thus, I will strive to ensure that I fully understand your concerns, and collaborate with you as an active part of determining the goals and strategies used in therapy.  My overarching goals of therapy are to help restore children and their families to functioning at their highest level emotionally, relationally and interpersonally.  Within therapy I use a combination of cognitive behavioral, behavioral, skills training, and family systems approaches.  I also pay close attention to developmental, social emotional, relational and family issues that may need to be addressed to help children and teens improve their functioning across all areas of their life.


I work with children and adolescents with a range of anxiety problems including excessive worrying, fears and phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and social worries and fears.  Research shows that children with anxiety are very likely to grow up to become adults with anxiety.  Thus, helping children and adolescents with anxiety is not only crucial to their functioning during childhood, but can improve their level of happiness and ability to  function as adults.  During therapy I will focus on helping you and your child or teen understand their anxiety, provide education on anxiety, identify situations and events that trigger anxiety, and teach skills to reduce and combat anxious feelings.  I believe that parents play a large role in helping children with anxiety practice and implement the skills learned in therapy, thus I work with parents as they take an active role in helping their child overcome their worries and anxiety.


Often parents bring their child or teen to therapy due to concerns that their child seems unhappy or withdrawn, is having problems with anger, or has lost interest in friends, school or favored activities.  Or, they may be concerned that their child often makes negative comments about themselves or life, or makes threats of self-harm.  If that is the case, your child may be experiencing depression.  Many children experience common, yet stressful, life events that affect their mood and perception of themselves and life, in general. These problems with mood can affect a child or teen’s friendships, family relationships, academic functioning, performance in sports and activities, and behavior.  I work with you and your child to understand the factors that contributed to depressed mood, the beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that may maintain low mood, and the changes that need to be made in order to help your child return to normal mood. I will support your child and you as these crucial changes are made in order to help your child’s mood improve.


One of the most stressful and difficult family issues that parents can face is behavior problems in their child.  Whether you are struggling with a young child’s noncompliance with commands or routines, toileting and meal problems, tantrums, behavior problems in public, parenting stress, or behavioral challenges in adolescence, I will work with you to understand the underpinnings of these difficulties and support you as you learn the skills to turn these problems around.  I will help you, as a parent, to understand the developmental and emotional needs of their child, effectively use the power of your relationship with your child to motive your child to change, and learn to recognize and change parent-child interactions that strengthen behavior problems.  I will take a psycho-educational, family oriented and skills training approach to help you bring about the desired changes in your child’s behavior.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a standardized therapy developed specifically for children between the ages of 2 – 7 years with behavior problems including failure to comply with parent’s commands, temper tantrums, aggression, hyperactivity, and problems cooperating with daily routines and activities of daily life.  Research has found that young children with behavior problems often develop into school age and teenage children with behavior problems.  As a result, early intervention is important to improve the outcome for children as they get older. PCIT has been evaluated in hundreds of research studies and has been found to help parents effectively reduce behavior problems in their young children, reduce parenting stress, and increase parent competency.  If you are struggling with the behavior of your young child, I will work with you in PCIT to learn how to effectively manage and reduce your child’s problems.


  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD
  • Behavioral Parent Training
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Social Anxiety
  • School Refusal
  • Cooping with Acute and Chronic Medical Conditions

Dr. Shawchuck also enjoys working with adults struggling with anxiety, excessive worry, panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, grief and loss, and management of life stress


  • Anxiety Disorders and excessive worry
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress Management & Adjustment Issues

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205 S. Hoover Blvd. Ste 202
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 563-1155

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