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Shawna Darling

Coach, Denver

Shawna has a passion for helping those impacted by addiction, trauma and mental health issues.

Coach type: Person with addiction

Coaching since: 2018

Lived experience:

Both of my parents suffered from alcohol addiction when I was growing up. I myself was addicted to methamphetamines for a better part of 15 years.    

Professional background:

I have been an active volunteer with the Denver Department of Human Services for the last six years, helping families who struggle with addiction and other trauma. I recently worked for the Denver Collaborative Partnership, which provides services to youth experiencing mental health issues and other personal trauma.


Criminal justice system, mental health, trauma, referral process, LGBTQ+ 


I am passionate about giving others hope, helping them see their potential and encouraging them to achieve their goals. I have eight children and keep busy. I love to water ski and be on the lake. I have two ducks and three chickens.

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