Gwendolyn  Shelton
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Gwendolyn Shelton

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Updated November 22, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Perfectionism
  • Spirituality & religion
  • Stress management
  • Burnout
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Racism, oppression, and discrimination

Professional statement

Gwendolyn Shelton is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego. She works with adults of all ages. Many of Gwen’s clients come in to address stress and burnout, perfectionism, and church hurt & abuse. Gwen is particularly passionate about serving African American/Black women and people who are navigating their Christian faith. She also has advanced training in the area of trauma-informed care.

Gwen is primarily trained in family systems and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), in which we explore your family background to get an understanding of how that has shaped who you are today, while also exploring how your previous experiences influence your way of thinking about yourself and others. We help build insight into how this impacts your feelings and behaviors and help identify strategies to shift your perspective and behaviors to how you would like to be. In session, Gwen focuses on authentic emotional expression to help release feelings of stress. This approach supports clients to have insight into the origins of their struggles and begin to make decisions for themselves that are congruent with their values and beliefs. They are equipped to break away from their patterns that have led to their current state and find a new way of being.

Gwen's style is empathetic, insight-oriented, and non-judgmental. When clients first start therapy, she will create a safe environment so that clients can show up as their authentic selves and work to get a holistic understanding of them and their goals.

Gwen received their Master of Arts from Bethel Seminary San Diego. She has worked at non-profit organizations, serving system-involved youth and families. Outside of private practice, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and volunteering with her local church. Gwen offers telehealth sessions for residents of California.


Message to clients

If you identify as someone who is constantly carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, is tired from trying to meet the demands of life, is having thoughts of “not ____ enough”, or is in a place of exhaustion and can’t see a way out, I want to encourage you to make time for yourself. I know it’s not easy to prioritize yourself, but your health and well-being are just as valuable as anyone else’s.

For other people, you might find yourself in a position where you currently or previously have identified as Christian, but because of prior experiences with others and/or the current political climate, you’re having a hard time knowing what that means for you now. I want to invite you to a safe space to talk through those thoughts and feelings, to ask your questions, and to identify your next steps without fear of judgment.

Whatever place you currently are in, I applaud your courage for wanting to take the next steps in getting the healing that you need and deserve. My hope for you is that in time, you will experience a level of freedom that will allow you to move forward and experience emotional well-being.


Specialties

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Burnout - Managing and recovering from stressors that lead to feelings of decreased motivation and disconnection from the self; practicing effective self-care and finding ways to relax both physically and mentally

Imposter syndrome - Learning how to identify instances of imposter syndrome and combatting any beliefs that one is not enough or does not deserve good things; practicing assertiveness and developing confidence

Racism, oppression, and discrimination - Exploring how racism, oppression, and discrimination impacts one’s life, including relationships, work life, and self-esteem; growing self-care practices to combat the negative emotions that arise when faced with identity-based adverse experiences




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients

Insurance

Gwendolyn Shelton is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $165 (50min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 4pm - 8pm
  • Tue 4pm - 8pm
  • Wed 4pm - 8pm
  • Thu 4pm - 8pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years


Bethel Seminary San Diego, M.A. in Marital & Family Therapy, 2011
San Diego State University, B.A. in Psychology, 2007


Licensure

California: 115996


Languages

English