Shelley Stephens MA, LLPC earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Wayne State University, Detroit MI. Shelley prefers to view therapy as collaborative teamwork, cooperatively setting and working towards goals. While she may provide some advice or direction, it is her intention to explore feelings, choices, and goals to discover the most appropriate and healthy decisions. She also recognizes that the individual lives within various systems (i.e. family, work, culture, etc.) that impacts one’s way of life in diverse ways, and that counseling must include these components in the process. She has experience working with adolescents who’ve experienced abuse, young adults, and individuals struggling with sexual health and intimate relationships.
Shelley is experienced in helping individuals who have experienced abuse by the hands of the one they love and trust. Abuse comes in different forms, such as emotional, physical, and/or sexual, and they often occur together. Any form of abuse is a detriment on one’s brain at any point in their life. Experiencing abuse leads the survivor to establish unhealthy relationships and in a constant state of fear. Seeking counseling will help one accept they’re not at fault, rewire the traumatized areas of the brain and establish coping skills. Shelley includes a focus of intergenerational trauma in session as she acknowledges trauma is passed down through family members.
Shelley has extensive experience in Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is defined as an individual who experienced force, fraud, and/or coercion into an act using emotional and/or physical abuse. Shelley understands that the survivor may not see the abuse as trafficking because they were deceived by someone they love and trust. Each individual has their own vulnerabilities but that does not mean they should be forced or coerced into something. Shelley understands that a survivor may stay in the life because they want to be with the one they love and it’s where they feel safe. Seeking counseling will help the survivor to cope with past and current vulnerabilities to prevent future victimization at the hands of an abuser or trafficker.
Furthermore, Shelley is experienced in helping those who struggle with sexual health concerns. We live in a society that promotes sex but immediately shuns an individual if they speak about sex. It can be hard for one to explore their own sexuality, but Shelley promotes a safe space to talk and learn about what may arouse them. She has continued to expand her knowledge of the sexuality communities, such as LGBTQ+ and Kink/BDSM. She is working within communities to promote sexual health and education for youth and adults. As an AASECT member (American Association for Sexuality Educators, and Therapist), Shelley works with individuals to learn and love their body through talk therapy and mindfulness. Each individual knows their body best but will have concerns when comparing themselves to others. Seeking counseling with establish a healthy sex life will help promote confidence, communication, and relationships. Shelley works with individuals who experienced abuse to establish a healthy sex life to feel safe in an intimate relationship.
Shelley’s Therapeutic Experiences Include:
- Human Trafficking
- Relationship Difficulties
- Sexual Health
- Young Adults
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)
For your convenience, Shelley has appointments available days, evenings and Saturdays.
MON – FRI
8:30am – 8:00pm
8:30pm – 5:00pm
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We are located in Novi, MI.
44070 Twelve Mile Rd #200
Novi, MI 48377
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