Shelley Shaffer

(MS, LPCC, CCTP)

About Me

Hi! My name is Shelley and I'm a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minnesota. I've been providing counseling services for 25 years and have had the opportunity to work with an extremely diverse population. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional that is specialized in working with First Responders, Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Military/Veterans and their family members. Although I specialize in this population, I see clients who do not identify trauma as a presenting issue and are not in this specific line of work! Most of my experience has been working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, phase of life changes, and communications. I also have worked with severe and persistent mental health clients and their families regarding long-term mental health placements.

I believe that clients will progress quicker if they are provided with a safe environment and a caring, respectful therapeutic relationship. My therapy delivery consists of a client-centered approach, motivational interviewing, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-informed care perspective, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. My style is casual and relaxed, and I've been known to use humor and analogies, which usually help to improve our rapport.

I am a new Grandmother (aka Yaya), Mom, wife, daughter, sister, favorite aunt, friend and counselor. I have been a volunteer with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health Manager, responding to natural and/or man-made disasters for 15 years. When I’m not working or volunteering, you will most likely find me fishing (year-round), cheering at a football game, or spending time with my family.

I want to align with you to help you feel empowered, increase your self-reliance, create and hone healthy living skills, and to live your best life! I look forward to working with you!!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , ADHD , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 27

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPCC #651 (Expires: 2021-09-30)


Reviews

Written by M.I. on Jul 12, 2020 after counseling with Shelley for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Shelley has been so wonderful. She has provided me with the support I need to navigate my current issues. She listens intently and provides gentle suggestions! I will continue to work with her even if I am in a better place now because I can see myself continually improving with her guidance. Love working with Shelley!

Written by K.A. on Jul 09, 2020 after counseling with Shelley for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

Shelley has been very prompt and courteous in our email communications. Looking forward to continuing counseling with video conferences. Very high recommendation!

Written by A.N. on Jun 14, 2020 after counseling with Shelley for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Shelley is WONDERFUL!! I appreciate her being there for me.

Written by J.E. on May 13, 2020 after counseling with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

She’s awesome!

Written by K.A. on Mar 19, 2020 after counseling with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Shelley's expertise and empathetic approach are invaluable in my healing process.

Written by M.C. on Nov 22, 2019 after counseling with Shelley for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Really really like working with Shelley, even after just my first session I felt so much better! I had no idea what to expect with seeing a therapist for my first time, but she has definitely exceeded expectations!

Written by B.R. on Nov 21, 2019 after counseling with Shelley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Shelley is awesome. She is attentive, empathetic, and understanding. She also tells it like it is, which is exactly what I need. Her background in Corrections/Law Enforcement helps too because we have been in similar situations and she gets why I think/do some of the things I do.

Written by A.N. on Nov 13, 2019 after counseling with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

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