Supervised by Jill Baumgarner, LPC
Shelly works with individuals and couples seeking to more deeply understand and communicate their needs, desires, and boundaries within relationships and intimacy. Her biggest goal in working with clients is to help them feel understood, supported, and empowered. Entering a therapeutic environment can be scary, and Shelly aims to make it easier for her clients through ensuring they feel safe and comfortable enough to be vulnerable with her. Through their work together, she hopes her clients feel more confident in who they are and what they want, whether it be in regard to sex, relationships, or gender identity and self-expression.
Shelly has an unwavering curiosity and drive to learn about and help other people. She has been described by clients, peers, and loved ones as open-minded, empathetic, and non-judgmental. These qualities allow her to work with a wide variety of clients from all cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and life experiences. Shelly is particularly passionate about helping people who are healing from sexual assault or complex trauma, and those who are struggling with identity issues, shame, and body image. She has additional experience and passion surrounding substance use and addiction, ADHD and neurodiversity, and couples in interracial relationships as well as couples in non-monogamous or polyamorous relationships.
Approach to Counseling
In a therapy session with Shelly, she will focus on getting to know the holistic and comprehensive view of who you are and what you are struggling with.
She uses concepts from Nervous System Regulation, Somatic Experiencing, Attachment, and Trauma-Informed Care to provide the best experience for her clients.
She takes a client-centered approach and caters the session to what the client is hoping to achieve, so they can work together to meet goals and build a happier, healthier life.
Shelly is currently a Masters of Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student at Northwestern University’s remote program.
Shelly received training in Sex and Relationship Coaching through the Somatica Institute in 2020
Therapy Fees and Availability
50-minute session: $45
80-minute session: $70
Available for sessions in our office and online
Evening sessions available
***Accepting new clients***