Clinical Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist in Los Angeles
Dr. Shannon Chavez is a nationally recognized expert, therapist, and educator specializing in “all things sexuality” including help for men, women, and couples; the treatment of sexual disorders; sex education for conservative religious and cultural groups; sexual trauma and abuse; and compulsive behaviors surrounding love, romance, and sex.
She is a licensed clinical psychologist in California (PSY26924) and Arizona (#4290) and has a private practice in Beverly Hills, California where she works with individuals and couples (both heterosexual and same-sex) to address sexual concerns and build sexual awareness through therapy, coaching, and education.
Dr. Chavez is also a national speaker on women’s sexual health and has been featured on major news, radio, and television programs as a sex and relationship expert. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Prevention, Women’s Health, Latino Perspectives, and Self Magazine; and is a frequent contributor to the websites SheKnows.com, Kinkly.com, and SimplySxy.com.
She also wrote a guide for clinicians on the treatment of love addiction through the use of attachment-oriented psychodynamic therapy – proving she has actually “written the book on it”!
Dr. Chavez works with various organizations and programs as a presenter, spokesperson, media commentator, and consultant in sexual health and wellness, relationships, and mental health.
Education and Training
- AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists)
- Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
- M.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
- B.S. in Psychology
- Certified Clinical Sexologist
- Certified in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Disorders
- Professional Sex Coach
- Fellowship Training in Sexual Addiction-Compulsivity
- Expanding Sex Therapy (Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality) Practitioner
Dr. Chavez earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Institute for Sexual Health in Beverly Hills, California treating sex addiction-compulsivity and sexual dysfunction.
She is an active member of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and the American Psychological Association (APA).