Shelly  Allen

Shelly Allen

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Certified Holistic Health Counselor, CHHC

Accepting new clients with lower fee sliding scale sessions being offered at this time (updated April 04, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Eating disorders
  • Addiction
  • Loss and grief
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Sex therapy & sexual health
  • Body image
  • Chronic illness

Professional statement

Shelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut and New York City. Her approach is functional and integrative, combining evidence-based psychotherapy treatments with holistic knowledge and principles. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, body image issues, eating disorders, grief, sexual concerns, and trauma. 

Clients frequently come to Shelly when they realize that previous experiences are taking a toll on their here and now. Often, current symptoms stem from trauma at a young age, such as childhood abuse, early loss of a parent or friend, or a chronic illness in the family. Shelly helps them achieve greater internal awareness in order to release underlying tensions. 

The underlying thread of Shelly’s expertise is in helping people improve their relationships with their bodies, whether that’s manifested in their relationship to food and disordered eating, sexual issues and addictions, anxiety, or depression. She recognizes that the body generally needs to heal as well as the mind, so she often works with nutritionists and integrative doctors in addition to psychiatrists. Her underlying goal is to understand the client as a whole, and address the root of their discomfort to alleviate symptoms.

Shelly’s integrative approach to treatment is informed by her certification in holistic health and nutrition, which she completed before her postgraduate training. She often incorporates tools from skills-based approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) but will adjust the caliber depending on what works best for the client. 

Her practice is open to adults across the lifespan, teenagers, and clients who are seeking couples and family counseling. She looks forward to meeting you at her Westport office. 

Message to clients

I’m a holistic integrative psychotherapist with nine years of experience devoted to the conversation of improving our lives. My approach is interpersonal and relational to best empower and help you accomplish your goals.


Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Loss and grief - 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

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

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

Sex therapy & sexual health - Addressing emotional, physical, and biological concerns related to sexual intimacy and functioning; education and skill building around topics such as erectile dysfunction, orgasms, low libido, shame, and history of abuse; improving communication to realize a fulfilling sex life

Body image - Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception

Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress

General expertise


Shelly Allen is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200
  • Sliding scale: $75 - $200

Therapist's note

Shelly can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Westport practice

1698 Post Road East

Westport, CT 06880

  • Mon Virtual and Teletherapy by appointment
  • Tue 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri Virtual and Teletherapy by appointment
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Murray Hill practice

353 Lexington Avenue

Suite 200

New York, NY 10016

  • Mon Virtual and teletherapy by appointment
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Virtual and teletherapy by appointment
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2011 - Present
Eating Disorder Resource Center, 2013 - 2016
William Alanson White Institute, Eating Disorders, Addictions and Compulsions  2011-2013
Maria Droste Counseling Services, 2010 - 2016
Daytop Village, 2012 - 2013
CancerCare, 2011 - 2012
Institute of Integrative Nutrition, 2010-2011
Fordham University, MSW 2009-2011
Expert contributor, articles and media on body image and addictions


  • English

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