I am a Licensed Professional Counselor through the Virginia Board of Counseling and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor through the Florida Department of Health. I 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 in 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.
Substance use disorders
Sexually compulsive disorders
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Anger management
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LPC #0701004762 (Expires: 2021-06-30)
LMHC #MH17918 (Expires: 2023-03-31)
I'm new. But we communicate well and I feel she gets me 100%! She is giving me tools to help me see my life differently. And I love her as my counselor! A GREAT BEGINNING! Almost 3 weeks in! I already see some things that are me!!
Dorothy has been a huge help with working on some lingering issues I was holding on to for a long time. She definitely pushes my thought process in different and positive ways.
I’ve been very happy with my experience on better help/with Dorothy.
Dorothy is extremely professional and knowledgeable. She is experienced in many different areas and I am grateful I get to work with her. Thanks Dorothy!
Dorothy's expertise provides her with great insight to help you with whatever issue you are struggling with. Her counseling and guidance has been a tremendous help for me.
I love my counselor, she’s amazing!
Dorothy is so empathetic, but also has a gentle way of helping me get to the root of my feelings quickly. Then helps me with doable strategies to help me cope. I’m really happy to have found her.
I'm very grateful that Dorothy Shellman chose me to be one of her patients through Betterhelp. She's really great at working with me to see things in a different light, I've had many "aha" moments during our sessions and I feel as though we have just scratched the surface. I really enjoy our weekly conversations because I can tell that she's present with me, that she remembers all of our sessions, that she "knows" me even though we've never met in person. I can definitely say that I'm in a better place now than when I first started therapy and I have Dorothy to thank for that.
Very talented counselor who is direct and has a variety of tools and experience. Useful clinical insight.
This experience has been so much more than I thought it would be. I went in a bit skeptical but I am already experiencing results after only a few weeks. There's a ways to go but I am glad I have started on this path and I am glad that I am working with Dorothy. I feel she has my best interests in mind.
Dorothy is great. Very candid and receptive, especially knowledgeable about my struggles. Very helpful insight. Grateful for her.
Dorothy does a great job. She is caring, responsive and compassionate.
She listens and gives great advice. Dorothy is very knowledgeable.
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.