Raising Healthy Children

Raising a healthy family takes care, commitment, and an openness to learn and connect with your children. Between the responsibilities of taking them to school, teaching good habits, navigating social skills, and other obligations, parents may feel the pressure of raising and maintaining the well-being of their children. Parents may run into various unplanned challenges, whether it be mental health issues, family transitions, mood disorders, sexuality, loss, and more.

Early stages of childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood are sensitive periods of development. Children are influenced by many environmental and internal factors. Making a committment to understand the components that influence your children’s wellbeing, ensures the success and happiness of their future. Dive into the many articles related to mental, emotional, psychological, and social challenges of child development and family dynamics.

Learn more about how to support your children through transitional stages and enjoy the most out of raising your family.


Tips for LGBT Parents

Tips for LGBT Parents: How to Support Your Child in School

Although some schools may be welcoming of LGBT families, others may not. Fortunately, there are a few approaches LGBT parents can take to help the school understand LGBT families and help their child have a positive experience.  

Autism and Aspenger Syndrome

Autism  and Asperger Syndrome

What is the difference between Autism and Asperger Syndrome? This is a common question since both disorders can appear to be similar.  READ MORE


Ccreating Successful Step Families

Creating Successful Step Families

As hard as divorce can be on the family, transitioning into a step family can be just as challenging. New couples have to consider living arrangements, family finances, and resolving issues or concerns from the previous marriage.    READ MORE
Divorce on Children

Divorce on Children

The negative psychological and emotional effects of divorce can be long-lasting for those involved. Children however, are more prone to experience effects that last into their adolescent and adult lives.


Teen Wellness

Teen Wellness - Looking out for Your Adolescent

The age of adolescence is a sensitive period of growth for teenagers. Naturally, young adults learn to navigate their environment through social interactions with their peers and acclimate to their friend groups. READ MORE

Is Your Child Okay?

Is Your Child Okay?

All children play, act out, and at times may express alarming behavior. As children age, they experience behavioral changes as a natural part of their development. 


How to Support Your LGBT Teen

A Note to Parents: How to Support Your LGBT Teen

Despite identifying as straight or LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi, and trans), all teenagers experience family and peer influences that affect their social, psychological, and emotional development.  READ MORE 




People turn to substances and/or behaviors to escape or distract themselves from pain. Not all of these are unhealthy or problematic but when they get in the way of relationships, work or enjoyment in life, they can become increasingly distressing.  READ MORE




Trauma is an event that elicits a strong emotional response to the experience, such as an accident, assault, natural disaster, violence or long-term abuse. It can leave you feeling shocked, overwhelmed, disoriented and hopeless. READ MORE




Stress, anxiety, depression, panic disorder and other behavioral health issues are difficult to manage without making lifestyle changes. And they are not uncommon. READ MORE



Maintaining Wellness


it is important to maintain wellness amidst the increasing levels of stress in order to pursue a healthy life. When you neglect your well-being, it not only affects you, but the people and relationships around you. READ MORE


Maintaining relationships – new or old – can be challenging, but there is room for healthy, happy living regardless of where you are in your relationship. READ MORE

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Donna J. Shanahan M.A.

Donna J. Shanahan, MA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 
Pasadena, CA 91101

I am a Marriage and Family therapist in private practice. I work with individuals, couples, and families in short and long-term psychotherapy. We work together to explore memories of the relational dynamics of the individual’s family, the feelings those dynamics created for the individual as a child, and how the individual now relates to those feelings and memories.

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