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Shelley Samuels

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics- Life transitions- Loss, grief, and bereavement- Trauma-Domestic violence-Climate anxiety-

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Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

I value compassion, honesty, creativity, spiritual respect, gratitude, and inner nourishment in whatever forms they may take. I believe in possibility, channeling optimism, and fostering hope. I honor difference. We can always learn from the experiences of others. I believe that the natural world is a gift to us. We are guardians of nature, yet nature can help us; plants and animals can guide us to our inner truths. I believe that we are all artists and architects of our own identities and creativity is innate. I recognize that confronting one’s inner demons might be excruciatingly painful but can also be profoundly healing. I view work as an integral part of a person’s values. I believe we each have our own stories and need to share them to be heard. I think that therapy is neither magic nor science, but believe therapy has the potential to be magical and transformative. I look forward to meeting you to see if I might be a good fit for helping you move forward, whatever that means to you.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 11 years

Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center , Therapist
Pacific Center for Human Growth, Therapist
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. , Therapist
Sage Shelley Therapy, Therapist

San Francisco State University, MS, counseling, 2013


California: 6947




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.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)

Locations & Hours


Shelley Samuels 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)
  • Initial session:$165 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note

I work with an agency that directly bills insurance providers for clients who have a PPO ( out of network plan) only.