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William Shanahan, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Relationship issues Family conflicts Depression
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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!

Professional experience

7yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: 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, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, 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, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, 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, Somatization, 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

License information

AZ LPC LPC-18189

OR LPC C7208

CO LPC 0013565


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.

I met with Mr. Shanahan (Tom) for several months. He was instrumental in helping me become a more stable person from an emotional and physical standpoint. He did this mostly by being encouraging, helping me find my strengths and the strengths of my family while reminding me to be the mom and wife I want to be. He did this in a compassionate and encouraging way. He is very good at listening both in session and also through journaling. I especially appreciated his online availability during the times of crisis including an ambulance trip for RSV for my daughter. He helped me keep moving forward and have it not actually be a crisis. I found my relationships with family and friends to be more enjoyable because I had Tom to help me sort through the hard stuff. I also spent many hours just planning out what I needed to do in my life and as the mom of my household. Thank you Tom for all your help.

Written on Feb 02, 2023 after therapy with William for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

I am only 1 session in so far- but I am extremely grateful and happy with William Shanahan's expertise and I am confident he will guide me in the right direction.

Written on Dec 23, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

I have met online with William twice and found each session constructive and helpful with the problems for which I am seeking counseling.

Written on Dec 21, 2022 after therapy with William for 3 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

William is a good listener and offers ways to help me overcome my stress and anxiety issues.

Written on Dec 17, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

He’s amazing! He listens too

Written on Dec 16, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

Really great therapist.

Written on Dec 08, 2022 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and sleeping disorders