Dr. Shannon Chavez is a psychotherapist, specializing in the assessment and treatment of sex and love addictions. She holds a certification in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders and clinical sexology.
Dr. Chavez received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles and has written a dissertation on applying attachment-oriented psychodynamic therapy to love addiction treatment. She has written a manual for clinicians on the background, assessment and treatment of the love addictions: relationship, romance, and sex. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Chavez began her training in community mental health providing individual, couples and group therapy. She has worked as a counselor for the US Veterans Advance Women’s Program treating issues including military sexual trauma, PTSD, health issues, and chronic mental illness. She has also worked in a residential drug and alcohol facility specializing in the holistic treatment of dual diagnosis and the treatment-resistant addict. She is a member of the Society for the Advancement for Sexual Health (SASH), the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA).
Dr. Chavez practices a variety of modalities including psychodynamic, attachment-oriented psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral, sex therapy, sex coaching and psychosynthesis. She also provides education and workshops, therapy groups, and lectures related to women’s sexual health and clinical sexology.