William Shanahan

LPC

About Me

7 years defines my experience providing dual diagnosis mental health related counseling services to adolescents, adults and elders in a variety of inpatient/outpatient services in the criminal justice system in conjunction with integrated clinical health systems services. This experience gave me a new direction and way of life consisting of personal growth and change I would like to share with you. Our goal is to share my experiences with those who seek to enhance their level of personal growth and change. Serving adolescents, adults, elders, couples, families and groups with my training in in an eclectic variety of treatment modalities, the actual counseling approach with a given client is determined by your preference and personal goals. With the hope that your goals will center around the self discovery of personal strengths and yielding an increase in self esteem you will realize that your integrity is the most valuable asset about yourself. Upon this discovery you will be able to share with others as you become an extension of the counseling process. My theory is when people have hope and learn to challenge and replace irrational thoughts, beliefs and attitudes they create the biology of courage. By normalizing stress people are fee to experience change. In Relationship focused therapy the counselor will identify strengths by asking family members to take note of the family dynamics they want to maintain The counselor will look for exceptions to the problem by asking couples to recount times when the problem did not occur and to account for why, to formulate a solution and highlight strengths. Couples will review worksheets and experience discoveries by working together to identify strengths and cultural differences. In my experience within the past 7 years couples will experience cohesion within the family unit in which they will find new meaning and purpose. Couples will set goals that identifies a renewed value driven direction as they discover what they want to work towards and what is really important to them. At Franciccan University I was made aware and adapted my Christian basesd counseling approach to center around the Eleven Human Emotions that describe the pleasure, appetite or human emotions. The goal to acquire the good through Love Desire and Joy and to avoid the evil of Hate Aversion and Sadness. These emotions make up the heart or inner core of mans emotional life. For difficult issues it is wise to recognize the Utilitatian or assertive emotions of Hope Courage and Anger versus Despair and Fear. These Emotions give us the energy necessary to overcome obstacles that separate us from the things that are hard to get and what we really want. Clients are encouraged to engage in each component of the Eleven Human Emotions that will give them clarity and a renewed realtionship with the Holy Spirit thus gaining compassion for themselves and others. What do you have to lose and you have everything to gain by trying!



Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

CO LPC 0013565

AZ LPC LPC-18189


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for William Shanahan. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by M.I. on Oct 06, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Tom,
Thanks for always having great insight and being very understanding and positive in your craft. Appreciate how you have opened new avenues and building new neuro paths.

Written by S.A. on Sep 30, 2022 after therapy with William for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

They really helped me through one of the roughest seasons in my life. Visiting every week was always a great experience, and he was always such a great listener. I was able to learn a lot of healthy habits and mindsets to get me through what I was going through the past 2years. He recommended some great books to me as well. I always look forward to our sessions

Written by R.A. on Sep 21, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Tom helped me manage my anxiety through breathing and mindfulness exercises as well as putting negative thoughts on trial. Every exercise he introduced me to was very helpful!

Written by R.H. on Sep 15, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Listens, offers extremely useful advise, gives worksheets and things to read to better understand

Written by S.A. on Sep 12, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

I find Shanahan's interest and responsiveness to how I'm doing throughout the week to be extremely helpful and significant to how I function. Even though I've never had a therapist till now, having that support available and not having to lean on friends or family is really nice.

Written by J.O. on Aug 27, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I highly recommend William. He always is there to listen and advise you

Written by C.R. on Aug 11, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Tom is amazing! He’s a great listener has great perspectives & ideas. He challenges you & really helps you talk & work through everything. His schedule is very accommodating to the working public.

Written by T.A. on Aug 04, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I have really enjoyed working with William Shanahan. I appreciate his input with my struggles! He is guiding me on the right path to help me overcome the many things on my plate! I will continue to work with him!
Tammy Cosper

Written by R.Y. on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with William for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Great working with Tom!

Written by M.A. on Jul 13, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Tom is great! I was happy to be matched with him. He really sees both sides of a problem and is solution oriented. Tom is so positive and makes sure we remember the good things going on in our life.

Written by P.A. on Jun 13, 2022 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Thank you for listening and giving the tools to work on my stress and anxiety

Written by M.I. on Jun 13, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, career difficulties, and coaching

William is terrific!

Written by K.I. on May 26, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I appreciate everything you have helped me with this far, I’m finding my way with your guidance and practices.

Written by D.A. on May 14, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Awsome

Written by M.I. on Apr 04, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts

Had a very pleasant experience with Mr Shanahan. We have many similar experiences so he was great in relating emotionally with my current situation. I can tell he is extremely knowledgeable in his field & has great advise on how to overcome certain challenges we presently have to work on. I can tell he is a very wise man full of knowledge & experience. Looking forward to my next session with William.

Written by T.A. on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Tom is great. He listens and is very caring towards your treatment plan. He provides great advice and wisdom. I would highly recommend him to anyone who’s struggling with a mental block. He uplifts you and gives you hope for a bright future and healthy lifestyle choices.

Written by M.A. on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with William for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

William has been a tremendous help and support through the most difficult chapter of my life. I don’t know where I would be without him. Very grateful for his perspective and his open ears.

Written by B.R. on Mar 09, 2022 after therapy with William for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Tom is the best! He listens and really gives me tools to change my behaviors and overcome obstacles!

Written by S.A. on Feb 16, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

William is extremely knowledgeable in his profession. He listens to me and asks questions to target the root causes of problems I’m dealing with. He shares strategies for me to practice and is helping me move forward and be a happier person.

Written by C.A. on Feb 15, 2022 after therapy with William for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Great listener with helpful insights and suggestions, always punctual and professional with lots of availability. I highly recommend William Shanahan.

Written by K.A. on Jan 20, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

William (Tom) Shanahan is amazing ! He has helped me get clarity on my relationship and assisted me in determining what’s important to me. I am grateful for his guidance.

Written by K.A. on Jan 18, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

I feel like I have grown so much as a person since meeting with Tom on a weekly basis. He has helped me see that by simply changing my thought process I can morph into an entirely different person.

Written by L.E. on Jan 09, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, coping with life changes, and intimacy-related issues

He is a great listener for sure.

Written by D.I. on Jan 02, 2022 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

He has really need outstanding for me. I am so thankful for his help and guidance to work on bettering myself and repairing years of damage. I’ve already recommended BetterHelp to many people. Thanks!!!!

Written by J.U. on Dec 20, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, and trauma and abuse

My session with William/Tom was so beneficial! He guided me to caring for myself- Relaxation Exercises, and Especially reading the Psalms! He has been kind, encouraging and a very good listener! Thank you for your online therapy!
My grateful regards,
Julie U

Written by S.H. on Dec 08, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Tom has been so helpful for me as I’ve been coping with increased sadness and anxiety. As the weeks have gone by and different scenarios have popped up in my life, he has been a wonderful listener and has helped me to incorporate new tools and practices that have helped me grow in self-compassion and resiliency. My faith is very important to me and he has done a great job incorporating Catholic practices and beliefs into our sessions as well. He exceeded the expectations I had when I signed up for therapy initially and I am so thankful for the progress I’ve made!

Written by L.U. on Nov 18, 2021 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coaching

Amazing and caring. Direct yet respectful!

Written by M.I. on Oct 29, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Very helpful compassionate guidance. My weeks are getting better!

Written by C.H. on Oct 17, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and family conflicts

He is positive and lifts me up. He offers good advice when I ask.

Written by D.A. on Oct 14, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Tom provides fantastic support and always brings new ideas and perspectives to our conversations that improve my wellbeing.

Written by N.E. on Oct 04, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning parenting issues

Tom is a fantastic counselor! Tom is extremely positive and has really helped me in coping with parenting issues and stresses of caring for my aging parent. The tools that Tom has shared with me have really helped me to be more centered, mindful, and compassionate.

Written by N.O. on Sep 22, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

William Shanahan is a wonderful therapist. He helped me become more motivated to take care of not just my mental health, but my physical health too. I recommend him highly to anyone needing a good therapist.

Written by R.A. on Aug 26, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

He is amazing. Absolutely wonderful. He helps me understand my very cluttering thoughts

Written by K.A. on Aug 25, 2021 after therapy with William for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and eating disorders

I’ve really enjoyed working with Tom over the past 6+ months. He really understands me; I feel heard in every session. I like his advice, it resonates with me and I find it valuable.

Written by K.E. on Aug 23, 2021 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I feel like I can share anything with him and I don’t feel judged, only support or guidance if needed.

Written by D.E. on Aug 19, 2021 after therapy with William for 3 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

William was patronizing and rude during our session continually downplaying my trauma. He sounded annoyed as I attempted to talk about the issues I wanted to speak about. All I really got was mind-numbingly simplistic gestures and new aged just don't feel that way bullshit. I have canceled my subscription and will be taking my counseling seriously to people who aren't just reading from a psyche 101 technical manual and offer legit human connection and support.

Written by C.H. on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I've had two sessions with him thus far. He asks me what I want to talk about, instead of trying to direct where the session goes. Additionally, he's personable and gives me things to do and think about for the next session.

Written by A.L. on Jul 23, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

I have enjoyed talking with William thus far. He is always present in our conversations and makes me feel heard.

Written by M.A. on Jul 06, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

William is an absolutely amazing councilor, super positive and upbeat. he has personally given me a ton of resources, and i’m super thankful to finally find a councilor who i feel fully comfortable to share parts of my life with. definitely my #1 favorite councilor by far! would highly recommend to a friend!

Written by M.A. on Mar 13, 2021 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

I recommend William for sure. I was struggling for a while before I sought help, and he was able to talk out my issues and seek resolutions. My life has taken a positive turn in a matter of weeks.

Written by P.R. on Feb 12, 2021 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

William is super cool. He makes me feel heard and like he always has my back.

Written by J.E. on Oct 05, 2020 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd

Tom does a great job for me, and i would recommend him

Written by J.A. on Oct 05, 2020 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes

Pleasure to talk to. I always look forward to our next chat.

Written by J.A. on Sep 01, 2020 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and bipolar disorder

I have just begun, but am very excited to continue working together and talking. So far I really like this.

Work with me!