Dorothy Shellman


About Me

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor through the Virginia Board of Counseling and have over 15 years experience working with individuals affected by a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse. I am also a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor through the Virginia Board of Counseling and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the Virginia Certification Board. Additionally, I am Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider through the Virginia Board of Psychology and have provided treatment for individuals with sexually compulsive behaviors for over 11 years.

I graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in 2003 and continue to remain current n the field though professional training and workshops. .

I utilize various treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and solution-focused brief therapy and believe that treatment should be tailored to the individual client in a non-judgmental and safe environment.

Treatment can be both challenging and rewarding and I commend you for taking that first step., and entrusting me to take that journey with you.

Mood disorders
Substance use disorders
Sexually compulsive disorders


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger management
  • Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #0701004762 (Expires: 2020-06-01)


Written by S.H. on Feb 13, 2020 after counseling with Dorothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

She is very professional and is easy to talk with. I feel at ease with her. I’m a bit of a mess, but she is great with her input and concern. I look forward to developing a good relationship with her!

Written by R.E. on Feb 04, 2020 after counseling with Dorothy for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

My sessions with Dorothy have been great. It is evident she is an experienced and skilled therapist/counselor. So far she has been helping me with my focus issues of anxiety and anger, and helping not only identify how these issues have surfaced but also helped me identify aspects of my personality that I didn't consider before. Our work so far has been very helpful for me.

Written by B.R. on Nov 11, 2019 after counseling with Dorothy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

She listens and gives great advice. Dorothy is very knowledgeable.

Written by M.E. on Nov 04, 2019 after counseling with Dorothy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and coaching

So far Dorothy has been extremely helpful and I look forward to working with her. She seems to really understand the issues and provides good resources and ideas to help correct problems.