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Shanna Monahan Psychotherapy, LPC

Shanna Monahan helps people in the areas of sexual dysfunction, kink/fetishes, consensual non-monogamy, desire issues, sexual trauma, relationships, gender identity issues, and infidelity recovery. They bring insight with no judgment and complete honesty. There’s no shaming and no agenda as they help you achieve your goals so you can live a happier, more satisfying life.

  • Depression
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Sex and intimacy
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Meritain
  • Magellan
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
Licensed in
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  • Texas
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“I'm funny, I make faces, I deeply care about you, and I'm straightforward but not abrasive.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since high school, I knew I wanted to be a therapist in private practice. But long before that, I was fascinated by all things love and sex. Maybe it was growing up in the heart of the Bible Belt, but I knew every movie and every song centered around that mysterious combo. I never wavered in my career pursuits, although I have worked in many different settings on the path to getting licensed. I've worked in inpatient hospitals, domestic violence shelters, substance abuse outpatient programs, and mental health rehab. All of these diverse settings gave me more insight into the human struggle than college ever could, and I bring that into my practice. I went on to pursue my certification as a holistic sexual therapist and it helps to guide my years of experience with a rich knowledge base. I also became a supervisor so that I could better help counselors become who they want to be.
What should someone know about working with you?
I'm funny, I make faces, I deeply care about you, and I'm straightforward but not abrasive. If you want to actually get somewhere with counseling, I'm the one for you. I ask a bunch of questions so that I can learn how your brain thinks. You will be the one to define your goals, and I'll keep reminding you of them. Sometimes there's homework, but I'll never recommend something that I wouldn't do myself. I'll walk with you through every difficult step.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly reading new books, exploring research, attending new classes, and dialoguing with other professionals to grow my skillset and knowledge base. I have taken a particular interest in personality testing and brain physiology.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I value people who can be open, honest, and vulnerable, and I try to show up to each counseling session that way. My life could be divided into two parts: My upbringing and my understanding. I was raised, like most of us, to see the world around me the way that my family did and to see myself that way as well. But I observed many other types of people, experienced many situations that didn't follow any playbook, and began to understand myself and the world around me with much more depth and complexity. I will announce my privilege to anyone (cis, white, female, college-educated, etc), and constantly strive to educate myself on realities other than my own. I deeply value the view into their worlds that my clients give me and more than once, I've been the one to say, "But I know that the view on this isn't the same for you and me." However, and this cannot be stated enough, the responsibility to build cultural sensitivity and intelligence is on me; it’s not up to my clients to create it for me.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am thankful that telehealth is breaking down barriers to seeking good help. I am most curious about the evolving cultural conversation about dating in a hook-up culture, men's and women's changing expectations in relationships, and the embracing of non-binary identifications in teenagers.
“If you want to actually get somewhere with counseling, I'm the one for you.”
Interested in speaking with Shanna?