Brenna Shanahan


Doctoral Intern

B.A. in Psychology, The Catholic University of America
M.A. in Professional Psychology, William James College
Psy.D. Candidate, William James College

Language(s) spoken: English

Therapeutic approach: I use an integrative and person-centered that emphasizes relational and humanistic theories. I believe that each person has the ability to overcome their challenges and achieve their goals. Using this framework, I work to empower students by taking a collaborative strengths-based approach aimed to increase their self-efficacy. My theoretical orientation prioritizes students’ unique goals, values, and cultural background. I incorporate various theoretical interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, humanism, and integrative behavioral health.

Interests: Anxiety and stress management, body image and positivity, depression, cultivation of self-compassion, identity development and exploration, life transitions, feminist/multicultural psychology, and family and relationship concerns. Other professional interests include social justice and advocacy work. More personally, I enjoy exploring the New England area, skiing, attending live music/concerts, playing the guitar/singing, going to the coast, exercising, and practicing for open mic nights.

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Office LocationArjona, 4th floor