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William Shanahan, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Anger management Self esteem, Motivation Career difficulties
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About me

9 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 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 free 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 9 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, Sadness 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!

Professional experience

9yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Anger management Self esteem, Motivation Career difficulties

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Jealousy, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Paranoia, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

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, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

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License information

OR LPC C7208

CO LPC 0013565

AZ LPC LPC-18189


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.

William Shanahan brings a good balance of encouragement and challenging your thoughts of what you are perceiving about a situation. If you are really open to a change you have to be open to listening to the hard stuff so you can change your thought processes. William brings that to you in a healthy and encouraging way!

Written on May 30, 2024 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and self esteem

Knowledgeable and concerned therapist Genuine individual

Written on Feb 23, 2024 after therapy with William for 1 month on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

He has a great attitude and advice.

Written on Jan 09, 2024 after therapy with William for 4 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts

I am happy with Mr. Shanahan

Written on Dec 28, 2023 after therapy with William for 6 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and coaching

I really appreciate his enthusiasm and encouragement.

Written on Dec 20, 2023 after therapy with William for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and career difficulties

William was excellent. I appreciated his enouraging, positive demeanor, and he offered me a number of helpful suggestions and worksheets. He’s a great listener who truly seems to care. I recommend William without reservation.

Written on Dec 15, 2023 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and anger management