Margaret Shanahan is a psychotherapist located in the historic community of Hyde Park, just ten minutes south of the Chicago Loop along Lake Michigan. Her research into the mythic imagination that began in the late 1960s has led to many workshops, seminars, and professional papers examining culture through the artifacts of anthropology, literature, aesthetics, gender, film/fairytale, and folk art traditions.
As an educator she has worked for cross-cultural awareness and equal opportunity for women and minorities for over 40 years. She lectures internationally on developmental issues of psychology, particularly as it relates to the unique difficulties that women face in realizing their optimal psychological growth in the world of work, love, and intimacy. Many of these lectures have been published in professional journals.
Holding a post-doctoral Diplomate in Psychoanalysis from the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago, Dr. Shanahan served on the Board of Directors and Director of Programming for many years. In this venue, she developed public programming and wrote educational curriculum for clinicians seeking further professional development in the arena of psychoanalysis. She has taught, supervised, and trained licensed clinicians for the past 20 years. While serving in this capacity, she revamped educational components, gaining accreditation by the American Psychology Association for three separate programs in Analytical Psychology offered by the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago.
In addition to her doctoral training in clinical psychology and later psychoanalysis, she has done extensive study in the relationship between psychology, moral development/ethics, and spirituality. This interest began through research into the moral development of children and later problems arising in adults. Dr. Shanahan serves as Co-Editor of the Jung and Spirituality Series and continues to teach as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in graduate institutions such as The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and The Chicago Theological Seminary. She is a co-founder of the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Culture and Spirituality with her long-time partner Robert Moore. This institution uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding psychology, culture and spiritual practice as a resource for human development and growth.
As Clinical Director of the Chicago Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, Dr. Shanahan enjoys working with a diverse population of men and women, offering individual, marital, and family therapy as well as supervision, tutorials/seminars, and case colloquia for licensed clinicians, which dovetails interests in research with clinical application. Dr. Shanahan’s degrees in Early Childhood and Child Development complement a master’s degree in Fine Arts. Dr. Shanahan offers Sandplay, Art Therapy, Active Imagination and Dreamwork to the scope of her developmental style to clinical practice.
For fun, Dr. Shanahan leads the Bad Girl Book Club where with world enough and time brings fascinating literature to the table for lively examination. The Bad Girls know, whether they’ve finished the book or not, they don’t want to miss the discussion!