"Vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage." -Brené Brown
Shelly has been working in the mental health field for 7 years and aims to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for those she works with. She believes people are the experts on themselves and she encourage openness, honesty, and collaboration so that she can meet each client where they are currently without compromising their autonomy in the process.
Shelly considers it a privilege to be allowed into another person's worldview. Her choice of interventions and methods are tailored to each client individually. Shelly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Siena College. As part of this program, she interned as a Helpline Specialist at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. After graduating, she took time to work in the mental health field as a Housing Specialist for Rehabilitation Support Services in Albany. While with this agency, Shelly was asked to be a part of and help develop the Transition Support Team where she worked as a Case Coordinator and Benefits Specialist. She decided to return to school for her graduate degree and received her Master of Science in Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of Saint Rose. Her internship was completed at Pinnacle Behavioral Health in Albany where she worked with individuals, couples, and groups. During this time, she also worked as the Intake Coordinator at the practice.
Since graduating, Shelly has worked in Mobile Crisis Services through Northern Rivers, on the crisis unit at Saratoga Hospital Emergency Room, and as a Behavioral Health Consultant through Community Care Physicans. Though Shelly has worked with clients ranging from todlers to the geriatric population, her area of focus is young adult to geriatric.