I'm Dr. Shelly, a licensed psychologist at The Black Girl Doctor, a virtual therapy practice that specializes in the mental health of professional Black women.
I am a licensed psychologist who specializes in relationship issues, women’s mental health, and culturally relevant therapy approaches. In the therapy room, I focus on your strengths and use evidence based practices to help you move past issues of anxiety, depression, and other challenges. I have advanced training working with couples and as a leader and facilitator of groups focusing on self empowerment, depression, and social anxiety. I also have an expertise in ADHD assessment and the treatment of alcohol substance abuse problems.
I earned my PhD in counseling psychology from Northeastern University and my Bachelors and Masters in psychology from Florida International University. I completed a nationally accredited pre doctoral fellowship at UCLA and then a health psychology postdoctoral fellowship at University of San Francisco.
In addition to my clinical work, I am an experienced speaker who presents on topics such as creating connections, cultural competency, racial, gender and sexual diversity, increasing resilience, managing microaggressions, stress and interpersonal violence and suicide prevention.
Originally from Jamaica, I have held multiple positions including that of a student services department head in the Florida public school system, academic advisor and college transitions program coordinator for first generation, low income students in Boston, Massachusetts and adjunct professor in psychology at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
When I’m not working, I enjoy teaching flexibility and aerial arts, watching movies and spending time with my friends and pups Sunny and Shadow.