About Dr. Schanz

Dr Anne

You can be happy and at peace

No matter what is happening outside and around you


Remove the underlying roadblocks to your happiness

Dr. Anne Schanz, PhD, is a National Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

She specializes in developing self-awareness, unconditional self-acceptance, and collaborative communication skills.

Dr. Anne created The Clarity Key Model©, an incredibly powerful yet simple tool. It helps you remove hidden beliefs and fears that keep you stuck and create stress, anxiety, phobias, and depression.

Helping people, just like you, remove the hidden roadblocks to their happiness and create fulfilling lives has been Dr. Anne’s passion and mission for more than 25 years.

Dr. Anne offers coaching, classes, and professional counseling for individuals, couples, and groups.

“Even through recent hardships, I have been amazed to see my growth in how I am able to see things more clearly and self-reflect in a more productive way.”                    — Erica Thompson

“After years of being lost, I found Anne and found hope, healing, and the path to self-acceptance. Put simply, she is an angel to this world and a rarely talented and effective healer for those lucky enough to be able to work with her”. — Kelly H.

“I've been seeing Dr. Schanz for almost 2 years, and I consider her a vital part of my self-care! My life has changed dramatically for the better.” — Christine Groffie




Dr. Anne’s philosophy

“You can be happy and at peace no matter what is happening outside you. You don't have to wait for others to change to find relief. Many others have transformed their lives, so can you.” — Dr. Anne 

Dr. Anne’s philosophy is founded on modern and ancient traditions of the east and west. Her techniques employ the latest in psycho/neurological science, cognitive behavioral therapy, and progressive thinking.

Dr.  Anne’s extensive work experience, education, training and certifications, and varied life experience give her the ability to effectively assist her clients with a wide variety of issues.

“Her patience, passion, and dedication to continuously learning the latest healing methodologies that make her a rare gem - and a highly effective therapist.” — Kelly H.


“She is unbelievably talented in her work and teaches techniques that have helped me through anxiety and depression.” — Natalie in Dallas, TX

“She has taught me some great techniques for overcoming my anxieties and self-defeating mentality.” — Patricia Duran

The Clarity Key Model

“Your unconditional self-acceptance, which is the foundation for your happiness, is my goal for you.    We achieve this together by changing your perspective about yourself, by identifying hidden beliefs that hold you back from reaching your full potential.” — Dr. Anne

Dr. Anne created The Clarity Key Model to help you to identify the hidden motivations fueling your destructive emotions, self-destructive behaviors, and troubled relationships.

The Clarity Key Model is effective, simple, and practical. Over more than 20 years, Dr. Anne developed, tested, and refined the model through her personal experience, training, and research.

She’s the only person teaching The Clarity Key Model. And those who have completed the class have transformed their lives.

What Client's have to say about Dr. Anne: 

“Dr. Schanz's gentle yet direct approach has most assuredly been an integral part in my baby steps from self-hatred to self-awareness, and I look forward to following it through to true self-acceptance.”                   — Becca in Richardson, TX


“Dr. Schanz is really great and offers understanding and knowledge from perspectives that I was unable to see until she pointed out a different way of looking at situations.”                                                             — Sheri in Waxahachie, TX

“I owe a lot to her. I also took her Clarity Key class and have been able to identify a lot of subconscious beliefs that I have carried around my whole life, then take practical action to change them.”                                       — Sabrina Sternshein


Background and history

“For the first decades of my life, I lived in a knee-jerk reaction to one fear after another.

Only in the last few years have I finally begun to live without fear. I have spent my life searching for this place.

Now, living in peace and happiness, I want to share how to get rid of fear with anyone open to the transformation.” — Dr. Anne

A unique life and career journey

Dr. Anne grew up in a military family. During her childhood, her family lived in many places.

Since 1974, she has lived and worked in North Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Anne began her career as a special education teacher. 

After a break to care for her newborn daughter, she moved to the corporate world. She discovered a knack for inventory management and production planning, especially the computer planning systems. 

After a few years in management, she moved to a consulting role. She taught people to use the business planning systems they were implementing. 

“After years of working in corporate production and inventory positions, I began consulting with companies implementing ERP systems. I loved consulting, but I did not like being on the road all the time. I realized I needed a big change.”   Dr. Anne

A new world of possibilities

Then, precipitated by divorce, she had to come to terms with her own depression and anxiety issues. 

Her personal therapy experiences opened a whole new world of possibilities.

Remarriage enabled her to return to school and study professional counseling.  She received a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from the University of North Texas. In 1994 Dr. Anne opened her private practice in North Dallas.

“It took a lot of personal counseling, self-examination, and reflection, but I finally decided to pursue a PhD in counseling from UNT. Since 1994, I have been in private practice in far North Dallas, Addison, and Plano areas. I love my work. I have a thriving private practice seeing individuals, couples and providing group counseling.” — Dr. Anne


Always driven by curiosity

Always driven by curiosity, Dr. Anne’s exploration didn't stop at graduation.  She studied many different treatment methods over the years, including:

  • Hypnosis
  • Past life regression
  • Energy medicine
  • Chinese medicine
  • Ayurveda
  • Thought Field Therapy
  • Yoga philosophy and psychology
  • Meditation
  • Guided imagery

All of Dr. Anne’s experience and study brings you a rapid, lasting, and affordable antidote to your anxiety and stress. 

“Starting over is a stressful common experience today, whether it is the result of a deliberate career change, lay-off, divorce, or death. We all must become flexible and adaptable. My new career has helped me learn to enjoy the process of continually 're-inventing' myself in my job, as I add new and exciting modalities and develop new methods/courses for my clients.” — Dr. Anne

From upheaval to peace and happiness

In her personal life, Dr. Anne has been a wife, mother, divorcee, single mother, stepmother, grandmother, and now a widow.

She has experienced the upheavals of divorce, death, and starting over.

Through her own search for health, peace, and happiness, she has encountered highly effective alternative healing systems, which she has mastered and incorporated for use with her clients.

“I have become a grandmother and gone from wife to widow over the last 20 years. I discovered that confidence in our ability to adapt to changing circumstances is one of the keys to happiness.” — Dr. Anne


Experience, education, and personal experience guide your healing journey

Dr. Anne capitalizes on her many years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor, educator, and business professional to bring you proven methods to expertly and rapidly advance your self-understanding.

She focuses on helping you become more productive in all phases of your life.

“Learn to accept yourself and others so that you no longer waste energy worrying about what others think about you or listening to the harsh self-critical voice in your head.” — Dr. Anne



Manage symptoms and eliminate the root causes of anxiety and depression.

Along with professional counseling, Dr. Anne offers powerful, affordable classes and coaching to help you manage the symptoms and eliminate the root causes of your anxiety and depression.

Your radical self-acceptance is the goal.

Dr. Anne helps you understand how and why negative, self-sabotaging patterns develop in your life. You’ll achieve not only anxiety and depression relief but also improved self-esteem and confidence, collaborative communication skills, and enhanced relationships with healthy boundaries.

“I am humbled and honored to say that for more than 20 years now, I have been successfully assisting people with their self-confidence, adaptability, and flexibility as they face their problems in daily life.” — Dr. Anne

We all undermine our own success and happiness when fear takes over. I want to change that. Today is the best day to start.


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