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Shelby Alsup, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Parenting issues Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

Hello. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and have a perinatal mental health certification (PMH-C). My passion is in improving reproductive health and well-being. My therapeutic approach is grounded in behavioral principles, mindfulness, self-compassion, stress reduction, and relational well-being. When working with women and individuals within the context of reproductive events, I combine a mindful-based approach with the latest research findings to help individuals cultivate a grounded, more cohesive way of living. I also use a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help individuals challenge harmful cognitions and thinking patterns, better regulate their emotional health, and align their habits/behaviors with their values. I place an underlying emphasis on growing present-moment awareness, psychological flexibility (the ability the flexibly adapt to changes), and social support.

I have over seven years of experience working with individuals and families in hospitals, community mental health, residential facilities, and within homes. Specifically, I've spent the last three years working with pregnant and postpartum individuals, some of which struggle with postpartum depression (PPD) and postpartum anxiety (PPA). Further, I have worked with individuals who experience difficulties related to fertility, miscarriages, maternal-fetal/maternal-infant attachment, and the transition to parenthood.

I received my master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC). Currently, I am working toward a PhD in Clinical Psychology focusing on perinatal health and mindfulness-based treatment for pregnant individuals who are at-risk for PPD.

Areas of focus: perinatal mental health; postpartum depression and/or anxiety; women's health; fertility; miscarriage; fetal and infant attachment

Professional experience

8yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Attachment Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Isolation/Loneliness, Mood Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Love, Women's Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

CA LMFT 107874


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Shelby Alsup. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Thank you so much for your help! Shelby is a great counsellor.

Written on Jan 25, 2021 after therapy with Shelby for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and grief

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 on Jul 20, 2020 after therapy with Shelby for 2 months

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

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

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 on May 29, 2020 after therapy with Shelby for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

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 on Apr 13, 2020 after therapy with Shelby for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

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 on Jan 11, 2020 after therapy with Shelby for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes