Shannon Kolakowski, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, providing treatment for adults, couples, and adolescents in her private practice. She specializes in anxiety, depression, dating, and relationship issues. Dr. Kolakowski finds her work deeply rewarding, and believes it is a privilege to work with her clients in improving their lives.
Dr. Kolakowski graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University, College of Sciences. As an undergraduate, she volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, working to support the needs of foster children in the court system.
She went on to earn a Doctor of Psychology degree from California School of Professional Psychology-San Diego. During her graduate studies, she began teaching in the Graduate Teaching Program at the Center for Undergraduate Education and at the San Diego City Community College District as an adjunct faculty member. She taught courses in marriage and family relationships, counseling psychology, introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods. She held pre-doctoral training positions at Rady Children’s Outpatient Psychiatry and Springall Academy, and later worked as an intake coordinator at Alvarado Parkway Institute. Her post-doctoral experience included working with teens, parents and teachers in the school system, and serving as Director of the San Diego Harmonium Parent/Youth Partner Program.
Dr. Kolakowski is active in the psychology community. She served as past council member and membership chair of the Washington State Psychological Association. She was awarded a WSPA Outstanding Service Award in 2011. As a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), she chaired the early career psychology task force of APA Division 31 and launched the Division 31 ECP blog.
Dr. Kolakowski currently writes a relationship blog for the The Huffington Post. She has been featured in publications such as The New York Post, Redbook, Scientific American MIND, Men’s Health Magazine, Shape, Salon, Business Insider, The Daily Telegraph, Flare, eHarmony Advice, Women’s Health Magazine, Brides, Mashable, and Good Morning America online. She’s made television appearances on New Day Northwest and ABC news. She hosted the Alexander Street Press video series “Five Approaches To Counseling Adolescents.”
Dr. Kolakowski is the author of two books on relationships. Her first book, When Depression Hurts Your Relationship: How to Regain Intimacy and Reconnect With Your Partner When You’re Depressed helps readers who struggle with depression learn how to create and foster a strong, loving relationship with their partner. Her latest book, Single, Shy and Looking for Love: A Dating Guide for the Shy and Socially Anxious guides readers through the common hurdles that shy and anxious daters face, forming a path towards self-acceptance and finding love.