Shaquanta Shelley, LAPC
Shelley is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) aspiring to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) under the supervision of Dr. Pamela Wright, and provides counseling to couples, individuals, and children.
She recently completed her master’s at Georgia State University’s Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program. Shelley has a unique background with serving 6 years in the United States military. She has experience working among diversity and adversity providing the best suitable treatment for clients.
Shelley has experience working with children through courses taken including Play Therapy and working at Urban Childcare. She works to build a therapeutic alliance with child clients and help them process their feelings, emotions, and events through play. She has also observed kids in a classroom setting, noticing how well they engaged with the assigned curriculum and how much they obtained information. Shelley has worked with couples/families and individuals dealing with trauma. As a couple’s therapist, she worked with couples to deepen connections, setting new norms in their relationship, developing communication skills, and rebuilding trust. Working with individuals dealing with trauma, she has experience processing goals and developing plans to achieve them. Shelley also focuses on ways to build success, heal, and move forward.
Throughout her years in the military, Shelley had the pleasure of working with a very diverse group of individuals from many different cultures. She participated in extracurricular commitments such as being an advocate for sexual assault and a member of the Heritage committee program. Shelley ensured the crew was informed about sexual assault, signs of assault, reporting procedures, and supporting resources. As an advocate, she trained to assist victims through the reporting process and helping them get through the traumatic experience. As a member of the Heritage committee, Shelley coordinated with other shipmates to bring awareness to different cultures and communities. Every month a different culture or community was chosen to spread knowledge about such as Filipinos, African Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ, women, and men. Shelley enjoyed serving in the Navy given the opportunity to impact and help others as she inspires to continue to do.
Shelley has extensive training in using the Gottman method when working with couples. She has found it helpful to integrate this approach when working with individuals to access the presenting problems and how childhood or past experiences may influence presenting problems. Shelley believes in using a holistic approach in examining all aspects of the individual and how they affect the whole. She also utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy to help make long-lasting changes.