MA, LPC, MFT
Shelley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas) and a Marriage and Family Therapist (Florida). She is a professional in Natural Lifemanship and trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy. She has thousands of hours of direct client contact with a diverse range of diagnosis specializing in issues of PTSD and Trauma, anger management, grief, depression and anxiety. She provides trauma sensitive care utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brain Spotting, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her youthful passion and love for horses was the catalyst for combining trauma healing therapy with horses. Symptoms of PTSD cause the discomfort of disconnection: from self, others, the world and spirituality. Horses provide a safe, non-judgmental way to restore this connection. In the famous words of Winston Churchill, “There is something about the outside of the horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Horses impact and improve both the physiology-self regulation – patterns of thinking for clients. They help clients feel safe, connected, trusting, loving, joyful and increase clients ability to develop healthy boundaries enhancing interpersonal relationships. Horses facilitate the natural healing powers of the brain to move clients toward adaptive resolutions for the experience of trauma.