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Dr. David Shanley

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LAST UPDATED: February 4th, 2021

Dr. David Shanley is a psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders for adults and adolescents in the Denver, Colorado area. Dr. Shanley has established credentials with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado.

To effectively treat anxiety and other mental health issues, Dr. Shanley uses evidence based, behavioral interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) theoretical approaches. He helps patients overcome various forms of anxiety including:

  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Specific Phobia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Driving Anxiety
  • Shy Bladder (Paruresis)
  • Trauma

The Good

  • Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation
  • Accepts Multiple Forms of Payment
  • Has Specific Training for Veterans and Service Members
  • Published Social Anxiety Workbook
  • References to Trusted Professionals

Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation

Dr. David Shanley offers a free 15-minute phone consultation before booking a first appointment. This allows potential clients to ask specific questions of how he might address their concerns or work with them as an additional form of screening before scheduling and paying for an appointment. Not many therapists offer an initial free phone consultation.

Accepts Multiple Forms of Payment

To ease financial constraints for clients, Dr. David Shanley accepts multiple forms of payment. His fee for a therapy session is $150. This fee can be paid with cash, check, or major credit cards. A sliding scale may be available to clients in need depending on financial circumstances. Dr. Shanley accepts insurance and is an in-network provider for TriCare insurance. Furthermore, Dr. Shanley also accepts Health Savings Account debit and credit cards.

Has Specific Training for Veterans and Service Members

Dr. David Shanley has a special interest in working with veterans and service members and has additional training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and sleep disorders in addition to anxiety and other mental health conditions. He is also credentialed with TriCare and ChampVA insurance companies so veterans or service members can be seen beyond the VA with little to no out-of-pocket cost.

Published Social Anxiety Workbook

Recently, Dr. David Shanley published a social anxiety workbook. This book includes in-depth explanations of social anxiety by social life, at work, and public situations, techniques for managing social anxiety, exercises, worksheets, and real world examples. 

References to Trusted Professionals

On his website, Dr. David Shanley offers references of other trusted professionals specializing in treating mood disorders and issues of sports performance, children, the LBGTQ population, and substance abuse and addiction. He also provides information to the University of Denver’s Professional Psychology Clinic that provides low cost mental health care.


The Bad

  • Cannot Prescribe Medication 

Cannot Prescribe Medication

Therapists and psychologists are unable to prescribe medication for mental illness. In order to receive medication, clients must see a psychiatrist or medical doctor.


The Bottom Line

While therapists and psychologists are qualified to treat various mental health conditions, clients with specific needs for anxiety disorders would benefit meeting with a therapist, such as Dr. David Shanley, who specializes in anxiety. Dr. David Shanley provides a lot of benefits for clients such as multiple payment methods, free initial consultations, and additional published materials.

Potential clients should keep in mind that therapists and psychologists cannot prescribe medication; however, they can provide recommendations to psychiatrists or medical doctors if necessary.

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