Hello and Welcome! If you choose to work with me, you will find that I have an empathetic and caring personality as well as excellent communication skills. As a mental health and drug and alcohol counselor with over 15 years of experience, I have served people in residential settings, the prison system, inpatient/ rehab units, outpatient settings and through the Employee Assistance Program. I am skilled at providing guidance and advice to individuals to promote mental health and emotional well-being. Types of issues I have experience in include anxiety, substance abuse, chronic mental health, suicidal ideations, self-harm behaviors, postpartum depression, spirituality, parent/ child conflicts, marital/ relationship problems, aging, stress management, work place issues, chronic illness, identity concerns and poor self-esteem.
There are so many counseling approaches I can draw from, but more than anything, I believe that building a rapport with my clients first and foremost will help our session be more successful. From there, I like to draw from Solution Focused brief therapy as it helps my clients create solutions in a straight-forward manner within a limited amount of time. Solution-focused brief counseling differs from other modes of counseling in that it shifts the focus from problem solving to creating present and future solutions. Another theoretical approach I use is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as it focuses on how our thoughts determine our feelings and our behavior. Negative feelings often lead to unrealistic thoughts that sometime produce physical symptoms. Developing a plan to reduce automatic thoughts that spiral out of control is goal that has proven to be successful when implemented. With that said, the Psychodynamic Theory is a very powerful approach in that it takes events in our childhood that have influenced and shaped our personality. Many of the events remain in the unconscious, and cause problems as adults.
I have a good level of energy, patience and perseverance, computer literacy, great listening skills, and experience assisting clients in overcoming both short- and long-term mental and emotional issues and setting strong goals. We all have a purpose. What we do with our life depends on our overall well being. If you work with me, I work hard to help you find your purpose and feel confident about the goals you have set. Best wishes, Shelley
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression
LPC #4160-125 (Expires: 2019-02-28)
I strongly recommend Shelley, she's great! Pays attention, offers insightful input, but is also willing to learn. I enjoyed her no-nonsense, straightforward approach. Give her a try, you won't regret it!
I tried two different counselors before finding Shelley and she was my light at the end of the tunnel. Her answers are professional and knowledgeable on how to deal with depression, PTSD and anxiety. She is a truly empathetic human being and an altruistic therapist who will give you the best advice possible for your situation and needs.
My experience with Shelley couldn't have been any better: Her way of being very nice and open herself while still being very serious about the matter at hand and extremely well researched had me open up and trusting her minutes into the first conversation. One of the most unexpected experiences was how much time she was willing to invest in me: Not only could I write her any day and get a very fast response, the live video counseling was where I was very surprised. My expectation was to be confined in a very sharp 30 min session to maximize the number of clients. But the opposite was the case: I could talk to her as long as I needed to, which was much superior to any in person counseling I have experienced until now. So if anyone out there still is wondering if she could be the right therapist, I'd always recommend to choose her.