Shelly Sanders


About Me

I am a licensed clinical social worker for the state of Idaho. I have worked as a therapist for 3 years and worked with children, teens, and adults in mental health settings for around 10 years. In my practice I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, communications issues, parenting problems, anger, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I also have assisted many people who have experienced trauma and abuse, including domestic violence and first responder trauma.
My counseling style is warm, interactive and client-centered to meet the needs of the client. I believe in treating everyone with respect, compassion, and understanding. My approach combines play therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, choice theory, solution focused, with bilateral stimulation and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing when applicable. I will work with you on a treatment plan designed to be attainable, specific to meet your needs and time sensitive.
My overall goal is always to do the best for my clients. I know that it takes courage to admit you need to talk to someone and need some assistance with what is happening in your life. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and encourage you.

I look forward to working with you.


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

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

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #39692 (Expires: 2023-02-01)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Shelly Sanders. 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.

Written by M.E. on Jul 10, 2021 after therapy with Shelly for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Shelly has been wonderful. She is a great listener, very empathetic, and is great at providing resources for healing and growth. She has helped me a lot.

Written by C.H. on May 08, 2021 after therapy with Shelly for 2 months on issues concerning grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd

I really do appreciate Shelly, she listened as well as giving good advice. I know that she has helped me get some of my issues a little better in control and her expertise in so many different field is just what I needed.

Written by R.O. on May 05, 2021 after therapy with Shelly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Shelly is very comforting and easy to talk to. Very comforting to know she can understand issues and offer help in a very effective manner.

Written by J.O. on Mar 11, 2021 after therapy with Shelly for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

So far Shelly has been extremely helpful. Offering real tactics to help me deal with certain issues. reaching out via text in between calls. i'm very impressed and appreciate her help.

Written by J.O. on Mar 02, 2021 after therapy with Shelly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

So far with the messaging we have done, I am happy with Shelly. I feel she reads thoroughly what I have written and am confident when we speak she will listen just as well. I already feel at ease opening up to her.

Work with me!