For over 20 years, I have worked with individuals and couples in Orange County, CA, to heal, restore and rejuvenate relationships both with one another, and with themselves.  

At the root of everything I do is a belief that asking for help can be the greatest act of love, for both yourself, and those you care about. I am honored to hold space for people, and help them, holistically, live their very best lives. 

As a graduate of St Mary’s College, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, focusing on holistic approaches that bring balance to mind, body and spirit. I have worked in the therapy field, teaching relationship and communication skills to individuals and couples for over two decades, sharing the journey of hundreds of people. With deep roots in mindfulness-based approaches, my therapeutic style is richly eclectic, integrating several research-based modalities.

I specialize in all relationship issues including separation, divorce, and infidelity and assist each individual/couple with tools for better communication and acceptance. Aside from couples therapy, I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, grief, panic attacks, chronic stress, addictions, and eating disorders.

With integrity, compassion and understanding at the core of my practice, I work with each client to help build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. I have participated in numerous speaking engagements in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties on the topics of how chronic stress and trauma can manifest in the body and on the benefits of mind-body balance. In addition to being a classically trained and skilled psychotherapist, I am an Advanced Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500). I began practicing yoga over 15 years ago and immediately fell in love with the benefits of the practice. 

I am currently registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and am a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, affiliated with the Orange County Chapter (OC-CAMFT). I am also a current Member of Couples and Sex Therapists of Orange County (CAST-OC) and am currently serving on their Board of Directors at the Irvine location.

Wether we meet in my Newport Beach office, over Skype, or on the phone, I truly look forward to empowering you to lead a life filled with happiness and fulfillment.

With a perfect five-star rating, and an impeccable reputation in Orange County, California for offering compassionate and effective therapy and counseling to all of my patients, when we work together, you can rest assured that you are getting the very best care available. 

I highly recommend Shelby to my colleagues, as a fellow therapist and holistic health advocate.
— Diana S.

EDUCATION + LICENSure + CERTIFICATION

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist MFC 43726

  • Member Orange County Chapter of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Member Orange County Chapter IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals)
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Board of Directors Member of CAST-OC (Couples and Sex Therapists of Orange County)
  • Clinical Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • MA in Counseling Psychology, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga 2001
  • BS in Psychology, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga 1999
  • EMDR, Level 1 Certified, The Institute for Creative Mindfulness, 2016
  • RYT 500, Advanced Yoga Teacher, Cloud Nine Yoga, 2009
  • CD, Certified Birth Doula, Full Circle, Berkeley 1996

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Shelby is a regular contributor for Literal Shyft digital magazine and is often featured on other various platforms. To read a recent article about mindfulness, please click here. To read a recent article about self love and resolutions, please click here.   For her most recent piece, please click here.