Shelley Faulkner, MA/EdS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor


Shelley specializes in working with Teens, Young Adults, and Adults ages 13 and up

  • Individual therapy
  • Parenting support and Family Therapy
  • Trauma focused therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Works with transgender and gender expansive individuals and families
  • Women’s issues and female identified issues
  • Serves neurodivergent individuals and their families
  • Consultation and training on affirmative therapy
  • Specializes in building social-emotional competence with teens and young adults experiencing stress and trauma.


Shelley Faulkner (she/her) is a Charlottesville-based counselor with over eighteen years of experience supporting and improving the lives of youth and their families. Shelley’s goal is to guide people through a wide range of processes in order to enhance emotional well-being, social skills, and self-esteem. She works with LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent populations. 

Shelley works with adults as well as specializing in working with teenagers who struggle with age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution. Her goal is to help ease psychological suffering brought on by trauma and other negative life circumstances and make sense of overwhelming emotions/responses. 

Shelley has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She served as an in-home counselor at Charlottesville League of Therapists, ReadyKids, The women’s initiative, and as a private practitioner. She uses the structural family systems model of therapy, affirmative therapy, (IFS) and specializes in attachment work through a trauma informed approach.

Shelley hopes to provide reparative emotional experiences that create healing and growth for her clients through safe connection and authenticity.


  • MA/EdS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, James Madison University, 2018
  • BS., Exercise Science, Wingate University, 1989


  • TF-CBT- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)