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Shelby Petro(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
MassachusettsRhode Island
ADHD- Anxiety - Depression- LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics- Trauma-Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)-

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Professional statement

Shelby Petro is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor located in Rhode Island. She helps adult clients of all ages work through a variety of concerns; and strives to look at mental health symptoms through a holistic lens. Many of Shelby's clients come in for support with: stress management, depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma symptoms, life transitions, and panic attacks. Shelby has advanced training in the area of trauma-informed approaches. Shelby is particularly passionate about serving both the LGBTQIA+ and the neurodiverse populations.

Shelby is trained in EMDR which is a structured therapy approach designed to have clients utilize bilateral stimulation methods (eye motion, tapping, buzzers, or audio) while focusing on the trauma memory. This is an evidenced-based approach that has shown to reduce intensity of trauma symptoms (flashbacks, triggers, avoidance, emotional dysregulation, flooding) associated with the distressing event. In session, Shelby prioritizes focusing on clients developing coping skills that are practical and effective. This approach supports client's ability to be resilient when faced with triggers both in and out of session.

When a client first comes in for the intake session, Shelby works with the client to identify not only what goals they have, but also the right approach for their individual needs. Shelby is dedicated to cultivating a therapeutic relationship that is both warm and collaborative.

Shelby Petro received their Master's of Science in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY New Paltz in 2016. They currently hold active licenses in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Shelby has worked in many professional settings including but not limited to: outpatient therapy, community mental health, hospital, and support and stabilization services. She offers both telehealth and in person sessions for her clients.

Message to clients

I think it's wonderful that you are taking this first step on your healing journey. Opening up and being vulnerable with a new person can feel overwhelming, especially if this is your first time going to therapy. I strive to make sessions feel like a safe place, I am a therapist that prioritizes following the client's lead in sessions. I believe that everyone has the capacity to heal from painful experiences that have happened in life, even if it doesn't always feel possible. If it feels like I might be the right match for you, I offer free 15-minute consultations for potential clients.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

South Bay Community Services, Outpatient Therapist
Becket Family of Services, Permanency Specialist
Optimal Mental Health, Licensed Outpatient Therapist
Fitzgerald Counseling Group, Licensed Outpatient Therapist

The Institute of Creative Mindfulness, EMDR Part 1 and 2, 2022
State Universityof New York at New Paltz, M.S Mental Health Counseling, 2016


Massachusetts: 11668 - Rhode Island: MHC01549




ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours

I have a waitlist available for in-person sessions, but I have some limited openings for telehealth appointments on Thursdays in the next couple of weeks.


  • Aetna (in-network in RI)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (in-network in RI)
  • Harvard Pilgrim (in-network in RI)
  • Tufts Health Plan (Commercial Plans, not via Mass Health or Navigator) (in-network in RI)
  • United Healthcare (in-network in RI)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$150 (60min)
  • Sliding scale:$100 - $150
  • Initial session:$200 (60min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

Letters are available for 50 dollars per letter. I have experience writing medical letters that follow WPATH protocol for gender-affirming surgeries.

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

This provider has no upcoming call times available.