Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Dr. Shannon McNeill is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in techniques that help clients move beyond self-doubt, worry, and unproductive over-thinking. Her therapeutic approach is most influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and other scientifically proven interventions. Dr. McNeill enjoys working side-by-side with her clients to encourage flexibility in thinking styles and enacting behaviors that get clients moving towards what is most important to them.
Dr. McNeill especially enjoys working with clients who have found themselves stalled by life transitions, such as job changes, entering college or graduate school, beginning or ending relationships, or changes in health. Based on a client's preferences and needs, she will integrate mindfulness meditation with other helpful strategies to reduce the negative impact of these situations. Though it may seem difficult, overcoming challenging transitions can be empowering and help us learn about our needs and values.
Dr. McNeill also has specialized training in delivering trauma-focused therapies. She works primarily with survivors of sexual assault or abuse who are looking to reduce the negative impacts of these experiences on their mood, feelings of safety, and relationships. Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder are the primary interventions Dr. McNeill uses with clients struggling with trauma-related symptoms. Through technique, training, and experience, Dr. McNeill will work to adjust her treatments to specifically meet a clients' needs.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Self-doubt – Finding strength in one's own skills and abilities; overcoming inner voices of negativity and disbelief
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Insomnia – Addressing problems related to lack of restful sleep including difficulty falling asleep, waking often, and restless sleep
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Dr. McNeill is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $230 (60min)
Ongoing sessions: $200/session (45min)
Therapist's note: Dr. McNeill can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"I love helping people who have been struggling with anxiety, low mood, or self-doubt find freedom from these traps. I can help you gain perspective on how worry and self-criticism has come to take up as much mental space as it has for you. Using elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Interventions, we can explore what it would be like to free up space for living a more rich and connected life. Many clients I work with come into therapy wanting to know how things got this way for them and are committed to seeing some real change in their lives. I look forward to joining you on your journey towards your goals!"
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Cognitive Processing TherapyCognitive processing therapy is a type of trauma-focused psychotherapy that seeks to challenge and modify individuals' beliefs related to trauma. It helps individuals identify upsetting thoughts and empowers them with skills to address their thoughts in a healthier way. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Prolonged ExposureProlonged exposure is a type of trauma-focused psychotherapy that teaches individuals to gradually approach their trauma-related emotions, situations, and memories. They learn that these memories are not dangerous and should be confronted. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
VA Boston Healthcare System, 2015 - 2018
Brown University Alpert Medical School/Providence VA Medical Center, 2013 - 2014
VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System 2012 - 2013
Boston University/VA Boston Healthcare System, 2006 - 2008
University of Missouri - St. Louis, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2013
Suffolk University, BS in Personality Psychology, Cum Laude, 2006