Shelby Alsup


About Me

Shelby has over six years of experience working with individuals and families in community mental health, residential facilities, schools, and homes. Shelby received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.) at the University of Southern California (USC). She holds a B.S. in Family & Human Development and Business Marketing for Arizona State University. Further, Shelby developed her current interests as a Research Assistant at the Brain & Creativity Institute at USC where she built her knowledge on the neurological basis for emotional behavior and socio-emotional perspectives through neuroimaging applications. Currently, Shelby is working toward her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology focusing specifically on Neuropsychology and works at the Stress, Cognition, Affect, and Neuroimaging Lab at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Shelby’s approach is grounded in compassion, mindfulness, and social-emotional development. Shelby combines her mindful approach with the latest neuroscience findings to help individuals find a grounded, more cohesive way of living. With her understanding of neuroscience, Shelby uses a social-emotional lens to help individuals to understand their own neuroplasticity- the brain’s ability to “rewire” itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Shelby has a deep understanding of the process & development of emotion, cognition, behavior, and social challenges. Shelby seeks to view an individual as a whole and understand the environment, relationships, and biology that makes them unique. Through Shelby’s grounded and whole-person approach, she seeks to foster the self-esteem, resilience, awareness, and well-being inherent in the individuals she works with.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Grief , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD
Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #107874 (Expires: 2022-07-31)


Written by E.R. on Jul 20, 2020 after counseling with Shelby for 2 months

The first time Shelby remembered a small detail about me I was happy. She makes me feel so important and our sessions are my favorite part of every week. My mental health has never been better and it has a positive impact on every aspect of my life.

Written by O.D. on Jun 09, 2020 after counseling with Shelby for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and adhd

Shelby takes the time to listen and check in and makes me feel really comfortable.

Written by C.I. on May 29, 2020 after counseling with Shelby for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

In the time I’ve spent talking to Shelby, she has listened carefully and thoughtfully to what I am telling her, making me felt listened to and understood. She provides a comfortable and safe space to work on anything I may be struggling with and offers helpful guidance. It can be difficult to tell your deepest troubles to someone...even a professional but she made me feel very comfortable from the start which makes it a lot easier to open up.

Written by D.A. on Apr 13, 2020 after counseling with Shelby for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

I have been working with Shelby for almost 6 months and it has been a great experience. Working through the challenges in facing and I feel like I can trust the help she’s providing. She always responds promptly and use whatever method works best to meet each week.

Written by E.L. on Jan 11, 2020 after counseling with Shelby for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Shelby has been wonderful to talk with. As a stay at home mom, it’s tough to find time and a sitter to get away to sit down with someone face to face. Shelby has been a kind and thoughtful listener while providing ideas and tools to deal with different things going on in my life. I look forward to our weekly calls and I love that I can schedule them when it’s convenient. I’d highly recommend her and better help!

Written by R.O. on Mar 10, 2019 after counseling with Shelby for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, coping with life changes, and adhd

I think face to face counseling is great. However for anyone who can’t afford it this is a wonderful alternative.