My Approach

Deeply Reverent, Intuitive and Often Playful…


Are you looking for a fresh and dynamic way to say “yes!” to your life despite the pain and messiness that comes from a life of love and heartache? If so…

My approach to healing is steeped in the belief that transforming the emotional pain and challenges that life presents requires both reflection and action. This is why I am both a psychotherapist and a coach.

My approach to both facets of my practice is deeply respectful, intuitive, and often playful. Be advised: I am not your traditional therapist or coach. I am a creative catalyst.

If you long to cultivate the courage to conquer the difficulties that stand in the way of you realizing your dreams and healing your troubled heart, you’re in the right place. Together, we’ll tackle the roadblocks in your “fear brain” and resistance to help you get the confidence you need to realize your dreams and the peace you desire.

We’ll use myth and magic, symbols, and strategies. Sometimes the language of symbols speaks when words fall short. Creativity has the power to metabolize pain and sorrow in ways that empower you to cultivate meaning and enjoy deep rest. Like you finally do have … A Creative Nest. I specialize in combining traditional therapy practices with depth psychology and expressive arts to help you tap into the healing power of your creativity and your amazing ingenuity.
Intrigued? Keep reading…


Therapy or Coaching?

Which one do I choose?

I understand … sometimes it’s hard to know which kind of support you need. Let’s get clear on the difference between therapy and coaching first.

In a nutshell, psychotherapy is a deeply reflective process that gives you valuable insight while coaching is primarily action oriented. Both services can have a profound and practical impact in helping you achieve your ultimate goals, especially as we work closely to get clear on your intentions. Before we begin our work together, we will meet to identify your most emergent needs and create a plan that best supports your immediate situation. Because I am both a psychotherapist and a coach, you will benefit from both of my skill sets. Please note, for more in-depth psychological work I do require my clients to be present, face to face with me, in my Bainbridge Island office.

Are you curious yet? (I sure hope so.)

You’ll want my psychotherapy expertise if THIS sounds like you…

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• You find yourself driving down street with a dreadful pit in your stomach every time you pass a fruit stand and you can’t figure out why the sight of cherries has you crying.

• You don’t understand why you can’t stop eating cheese when you know your body is begging for broccoli. 

• You believe the old adage “living well is the best revenge” but you need help sussing out the parts of you that keep undermining your best efforts to thrive.  

You’ll want my creative catalyst work if THIS sounds like you…

  • You long to connect the wiser, wilder side of you and the idea of dancing with your creative muse gives you goosebumps.

  • You are finally ready to thrive and you know that cultivating a creative practice is the next step.

  • You are a multi-passionate soul and you are feeling a deep rumble to get your wings flapping.

  • You have done a lot of soul-searching and you are determined to get at what is blocking you so that you can access and embody your dreams and share your soul-gifts with the world!

Whether you choose therapy or coaching, rest assured our work together will be about understanding the language of your soul though curiosity and creativity so that you can cultivate a more expanded capacity to endure and conquer life’s challenges.

And if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
I am here to help.


The Therapeutic Modalities
Available to Us:

  • Transpersonal Psychology

  • Archetypal Psychology

  • Depth Psychology

  • Expressive Arts Therapy

  • Existential Therapy

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Strength Based Therapy

  • Humanistic Approach

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • The Psychology of Eating

  • Multicultural & Family Systems Lens

  • Attachment Therapy

  • Intentional Creativity™

  • Neuroplasticity

  • Trans-generational Impact of Trauma on the Individual and Family System

  • Psychospiritual approach to challenges

  • Transpersonal Psychology


My Philosophy

I believe with all my heart…

At your very essence, you are creative and courageous and that joy and being comfortable in your skin is your birthright. Even in the presence of all the the things that can make life feel challenging and/ unbearable.
Your life and special talents ARE essential gifts and only YOU can claim them.
I believe in the innate power of our creative capacity to transform our lives and troubles.
You just need to learn to tap into it.


I am here to help.

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I love the focus Shelby has on being ‘fully embodied’. My personal journey has been really rewarding. Her practical and grounded work has been fun and authentic. I love the way she weaves in so many sources and ways to learn and reflect.
— testimonial

“It was in the Moment…

she decided to listen to her deepest self and that she sprouted wings and decided to claim her joy.”