Shelley M. Samuels (she/her), LPCC; enjoys working with adults, especially members of her queer community, creative types, people in polyamorous relationships, mature women, survivors of intimate partner/sexual violence and people embarking on life transitions, whether career, gender exploration, relationship, academic or simply wanting to reinvent themselves.
Shelley is an eclectic, integrative therapist, who uses an assortment of different modalities, reflecting her life experience and her passions. Shelley’s collaborative approach is based on feminist therapy. A passionate environmentalist, animal lover and ethical vegan, she draws from eco-psychology, to encourage appreciation of the natural world and issues like climate grief. She is trained in MSBR, helping clients incorporate mindfulness into their lives. She values creativity, offering clients interventions using art and writing.
However, as a trained career counselor, Shelley also brings a practical side to her work, providing career coaching, including formal MBTI (Myers Briggs Trait Instrument) assessments, and supporting clients with workplace challenges. And, for clients seeking more than a listening ear, Shelley can be directive, providing CBT homework, and structure. But what is most important to Shelley’s approach, is that the client always come first, so clients choose the way that works best for them.
Shelley is an LPCC with a master’s degree in clinical and career counseling. She counseled graduate students and career changers in a variety of settings and worked as a recruiter and Human Resources professional. She is trained in CBT, EMDR and MSBR; and has completed additional training in expressive arts therapy, gender transitions, ecotherapy, and grief counseling. She is a certified MBTI assessment interpreter and a California Certified Domestic Violence Advocate.
Shelley is currently located in Oakland, CA but only providing teletherapy to clients located anywhere in California or Florida, where she holds a teletherapy registration.
LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage. Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying career goals and implementing steps toward building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance and stress. MBTI (Myers-Briggs) assessment and interpretation.
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance.; climate grief.
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Domestic violence - Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for those surviving a partner’s abusive attempts to control one’s thoughts, beliefs, and actions
Climate anxiety - Coping with the unique stress created by climate change, including managing any overwhelming feelings of impending disaster and finding outlets for advocacy. Understanding climate grief, incorporating eco-therapy and connection with nature.
Shelley Samuels is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 9 years
Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center , Therapist , 2016 - Present
Pacific Center for Human Growth, Therapist , 2016 - 2017
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. , Therapist, 2014 - 2016
San Francisco State University, MS, counseling, 2013