For couples therapy Pasadena, Donna Shanahan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
I work with individuals, couples and families in short and long-term psychotherapy. I was fortunate in my early training to be introduced to psychoanalytic psychotherapy which inspired me to further my understanding of the powerful effects of the unconscious and how it effects both the body and mind. In addition to my formal education, I have certificates in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute and the Psychoanalytic Center of California.
My work focuses on exploring thoughts, feelings and memories from early childhood experiences and how those experiences relate to the current issues that you are struggling with now. Oftentimes, what seems to be a problem on the surface is connected to something on a much deeper, internal level. As your therapist, I will work with you to try and understand this inner world and how it relates to your current situation. Being able to understand the past and these old, pushed away feelings and memories will help you to effect positive change in your life and not repeat what has caused suffering in the past.