Kelsey Hopson-Shiller


About Me


My name is Kelsey Hopson-Shiller, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southern California. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, with a concentration in Children and Families, and a sub-specialty in Animal Assisted Therapy from the University of Denver in 2010. I've had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of settings- from in home, to school-based work, to anger management and conflict resolution, as well as providing support to separating or divorcing families. I am experienced in providing therapy to individuals, adolescents, children, and families. I have also had the opportunity, especially through my experience as an Animal-Assisted Therapist, to work with children with disabilities and other special needs as well as families going through the foster care system, or families that have been built in part through adoption.

The message I share most often with my clients is that therapy is for EVERYONE! Therapy gives us tools to put in our toolbox- whether it's a short-term struggle, a problem that benefits from some outside perspective, or doing deeper work on our relationships with ourselves and others. Stigma around mental health tells us that 'broken' or 'crazy' people are the ones who seek out counseling, and this simply couldn't be further from the truth! Counseling and therapy offers everyone the chance to ease the burdens we are all carrying via a non judgmental ear combined with the training and experience to bring efficient solutions and opportunities for healing.

You are welcome to message me anytime through Better Help. I usually check messages twice each day, five days per week- I believe good boundaries are helpful for everyone, and I want to model this for my clients as well, so I do take two full days to rest and recharge each week. I want to bring the best I have to offer to each of my clients, and setting modest limits on my availability helps me to do that! I offer messaging, live chat, video, and phone sessions. My calendar may not reflect my only availability so you can always check with me about another time you might prefer through messaging first.

I wish you all the best and look forward to working with you soon!


  • LGBT
  • Family conflicts
  • Career difficulties
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Coaching , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fertility Issues , Read more...
Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #LCSW74353 (Expires: 2022-03-31)


Written by M.A. on Aug 17, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, coaching, and adhd

Great for first timers!
I had no clue what to expect getting into counseling. I was nervous about the premise of working through my personal problems with a complete stranger especially when I was feeling my most vulnerable. In my first meeting with Kelsey her casual attitude caught me off guard. I'd expected either a professional, clinical, austere encounter, or an airy-fairy spiritualist experience. Kelsey was neither, she's matter-of-fact while still being empathetic and casual without being over-familiar. Her genuine, informal manner was effective in normalizing the experience, and made me feel comfortable disclosing feelings I'm typically not comfortable discussing. Her style makes it obvious she's on your side, and she feels genuinely supportive of coping mechanisms to walk oneself out of trouble. I trust her insight and her point of view.

Written by C.A. on Jun 04, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Very understanding and helpful. Works through my problems with me in a way that makes sense to me personally and really tries to contextualize how I can be more affective. Highly recommend!

Written by N.A. on Jun 03, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, eating disorders, and self esteem

Kelsey is wonderful at her job. She is patient and makes me feel safe and understood. There is clear communication so we are always on the same page and she helps validate her clients while also giving guidance and techniques to help them improve.

Written by P.O. on May 28, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and lgbt

A true gem! Kelsey has given me some valuable tools that have TRULY worked!

Written by D.Y. on Mar 27, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

Kelsey has been incredibly helpful and our work together is incredibly valuable.

Written by J.A. on Mar 23, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 3 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, and coping with life changes

This is my first time trying an online therapist but she's made it very easy to start a dialog and has had great feedback and ideas to help me going forward.

Written by M.E. on Mar 17, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and adhd

Kelsey has been amazing so far. As a busy student, I only have a limited amount of time to talk to a therapist, but I really need the help right now as I go through a hectic time in my life. Kelsey is really accommodating and helps me work through everything in a way that is not stressful. She supports me through my issues and challenges me when appropriate. This is my first time using online therapy and I've really enjoyed it because of Kelsey.