Jennifer Shannon PhotographJennifer Shannon is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety. She has worked with children, teens and adults since 1985.  Originally trained as a psychodynamic or “talk” therapist, she noted that while her clients felt better, she still sought more lasting and permanent change for them.  Then she attended a UC Berkeley course taught by her first mentor, Michael Tompkins Ph.D. on evidence based treatment. 

What this means is treatment that has been found by scientific studies to be the most effective for specific mental health problems.  Consistently Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or CBT was found to be the most effective treatment for the most common disorders such as anxiety and depression.  Jennifer began to avidly study CBT going to workshops, reading books and consulting with masters in the field, including Michael Tompkins, PhD, Christine Padesky, Ph.D. and Jacqueline Persons, Ph.D.  Practicing CBT has been the most rewarding work Jennifer has ever done professionally.

Currently she works  with adults, children and teens specializing in Anxiety Disorders, including Social Anxiety or extreme shyness, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Separation Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and some types of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  She also treats insomnia and depression.
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This Holiday, Give Your Teen a Gift That Will Help Set Them Up For Success!   

Do you procrastinate? And if so, what’s your procrastination type? In this fun and illustrated guide, author Jennifer Shannon blends acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral strategies to help you recognize your procrastination habits, discover the strengths of your unique procrastination type, and find the motivation you need to meet important deadlines and reach your highest goals.

This isn’t a manual on how to please your parents, teachers, professors, or friends. This is a book to help you understand why you procrastinate, whether or not procrastination works for you, and if not, how to improve your work habits and really get things done. By helping you uncover your own unique strengths, this book will help you master your to-do list—and your life!

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Jennifer Shannon, LMFT, cofounder of the Santa Rosa Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, has topped Amazon’s sales for books targeting teenage mental health and depression. The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens and its companion workbook, The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens (New Harbinger Press) are written to help teens overcome the fear and worry that can keep them from feeling confident and independent.

“Teens who suffer from anxiety often think of themselves as weak, stupid or any of many other negative labels,” Shannon writes. “You may think you are the only one who feels things this way and that everyone else is normal. The thing is, normal doesn’t exist. Everyone feels anxiety, and in a surprising variety of situations.”

Based in cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, Survival Guide is designed to help teens develop practical strategies for overcoming the primitive part of the brain where anxious thoughts arise, and arm them to handle even the toughest situations that would previously leave them paralyzed.




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Don’t Let Terrorism Hijack Your Brain

by Jennifer Shannon, LMFT

I, too, experience horror, heartbreak, and anxiety when I read about mass shootings and other acts of terrorism, whether in Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, or Orlando.

But what is of special interest to me is how we respond. As a psychotherapist, I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, from panic attacks and OCD, to general worry and stress. What all types of anxiety have in common is a fear of the unknown—that something bad could happen in the future. This might be the fear of having a panic attack while standing in line at the grocery store or worry that a small mole might be cancer.

Underlying this fear is the idea that what you don’t know might kill you. Terrorism and mass shootings activate this fear of the unknown, that carnage could happen anywhere at any time, in places that we have always assumed were safe. (Read More…)


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