About Kristin

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, Texas. In the therapy room, people experience me as relaxed, openhearted and open to laughter. 

Please contact me at 512-337-4941 for a free phone consultation or to set up an appointment.

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Counseling, the way I see it, is a process of self-discovery and exploration which requires an open mind, patience and collaboration between the counselor and client.  My name is Kristin Shanahan and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.  I support people in their desire to better understand themselves, often during times of depression, anxiety and life transitions. In a safe, nurturing environment we explore and discover your patterns of behavior and how they may hinder you from living a meaningful life.  At times this may include completing assignments outside of the office, art therapy or meditation. I also work with clients on becoming more mindful and aware of their thoughts, beliefs and emotions. In the therapy room, people experience me as relaxed, direct, authentic, dedicated, curious and open to laughter. It is my belief that  with compassion and courage, we can experience a greater sense of well-being.

While many seek counseling at a low point in their lives, what I love about this work is the opportunity to witness people's strengths.  I am fascinated by the resiliency my clients show. Often times, many feel that they are weak and lack the strength to work through adversity.  However, when we begin to explore those difficultiesclients can begin to see their strength. I do not promise a quick fix or that counseling is easy. Counseling can be difficult and feel uncomfortable.  However, getting outside of your comfort zone can lead to better coping skills and communication patterns. Some signs indicating you are benefiting from counseling include feeling better, making healthier choices, getting along better with people in your life, handling ups and downs with greater ease and feeling a greater sense of hope for the future.

I am a native Texan, born and raised in Houston and transplanted to Austin in 2006. I am married and love spending time with my family and the outdoors. I received my undergraduate degree in Health from Texas A&M and worked in the fitness and non-profit industries for several years before completing my graduate degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University. I'm an avid exerciser, love to read and travel with my family.  

My experience includes but is not limited to couples counseling, play therapy, substance abuse, individual and group counseling.  I have worked both in residential settings and private practice for the past few years.