Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate
Supervised by Dave Braham, LMFT-Supervisor
Shelly is currently not taking new clients. To be added to her wait list, please email her at the address below:
Friday 9 am- 5 pm
Monday 2 pm - 8 pm
Tuesday 2 pm - 8 pm
Wednesday 2 pm - 8 pm
How would you describe therapy with you?
Therapy is a conversation – let’s chat! I welcome you and your partner or family with open ears, an open mind, and an open heart. Everyone’s pathway through life is unique, and I firmly believe you are the expert on your own life. I deeply honor your experience and perspective. I aim to help increase your partner’s or family members’ understanding of you and your perspective through facilitating productive dialogue in service of your family or partnership goals. I value authenticity in the therapeutic relationship, as I delight in being able to bring my unique worldview, and sense of humor at times, into our working relationship.
My Passions and Specialties:
I am passionate about working with relationships of all types. We as individuals form our unique worldviews by the attachment styles we develop with our parents, by the dynamics of our family relationships, friendships, and romantic partnerships throughout our lives, and by the world and media surrounding us each day. I believe societal pressures and constructs impact every relationship at some level. Let’s explore!
My specialties include:
Couples in conflict
Families navigating divorce
Children with “big behaviors”
Working with LGBTQIA+ relationships
Navigating poly relationships
Sex and intimacy
Gender questioning/concerns at any age
Structure/Boundaries in relationship
Communication and “getting on the same page”
My Personal Journey:
I have always gravitated toward connection and connective experiences. I have studied many facets of human connection and development throughout my academic career, including a diverse variety of romantic partnerships and family dynamics, and the development of children, individuals, couples, and families across the life span. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working in a home for foster youths and teens, lending support and guidance to young people in need of connection. I devoted myself for a decade to helping children learn how to navigate their social interactions and behavior in a classroom setting, fostering connections and understanding between children, their parents, and family members as a Montessori early childhood guide.
Today I feel so very lucky to be able to focus on couples and families in my counseling work, as I fundamentally believe that humans are naturally social beings and grow, change, and evolve by the connections they have, and the connections they long to create.
…and when I’m not counseling, I love cooking, watching roller derby, everything live music, my big orange cat, and trying to get my husband to dance with me.