Shelly (Michelle) Clark

Shelly (Michelle) Clark

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B.Soc.Sc. M.S.W. Grad Cert Gestalt Psychotherapy

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Shelly is an experienced and dedicated professional in the field of counselling and social work, boasting an impressive educational background and a unique therapeutic philosophy. With a Bachelor's degree in Social Science, a Master's degree in Social Work, and specialised training in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Shelly's qualifications demonstrate her commitment to providing the highest quality care to her clients.

Shelly's therapy philosophy revolves around the belief that through counselling, individuals can gently cultivate the necessary conditions for personal growth, ultimately nurturing their potential to become the best version of themselves. She places a strong emphasis on increasing self-awareness to offer individuals choices for different ways of being.

Shelly's therapeutic approach is firmly grounded in the present moment. While acknowledging the influence of the past on an individual's perception of the world, she seeks to understand and address what is currently happening for her clients. This approach, known as "phenomenology," prioritises heightened awareness and relational depth.

Throughout her illustrious 25-year career, Shelly has honed her skills in various aspects of social work, including mental health, disability, addiction, child protection, youth services, and workplace injury management. Trust, safety, and personal growth through self-acceptance are at the core of Shelly's values, providing a solid foundation for her counselling practice.

As a client-centered counsellor, Shelly focuses on increasing a person's awareness, freedom, and self-direction. Her therapeutic style is rooted in Gestalt and Rogerian Client Centred techniques. She offers clients the space to explore themselves and their emotions. Shelly's approach, aims to eliminate limiting beliefs, fostering healthy emotional relationships first with oneself and subsequently with others.

During initial counselling sessions, Shelly collaborates with clients to deeply explore their issues and create a customized plan for addressing them, ultimately helping clients regain control of their lives. Most clients experience a gradual improvement in their symptoms within the first month or two of therapy, highlighting the effectiveness of Shelly's approach.

In summary, Shelly is a seasoned social worker with a profound commitment to personal growth and self-awareness in counselling. Her extensive experience, impressive qualifications, and client-centered approach make her a trusted partner for individuals seeking support with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma related to relationships, family, and life. Shelly's dedication to helping clients navigate their present experiences and her focus on their unique perspectives define her as an exceptional and empathetic therapist.

My Contact Information
Townsville,  4815
Australia
My Credentials
Credential type: Diploma/Degree
Type: Counsellor Social Worker
Accrediting Institution: Griffith University Queensland
Diploma/Degree Type: Masters of Social Work
Year Issued: 2014
Status: Verified
Credential type: Certificate
Type: Counsellor Social Worker
Accrediting Institution: Gestalt Therapy Brisbane Institute
Certificate ID/Number: Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy
Year Issued: 2014
Status: Verified
Credential type: Diploma/Degree
Type: Counsellor Social Worker
Accrediting Institution: James Cook University
Diploma/Degree Type: Bachelor of Social Science
Year Issued: 2001
Status: Verified
Credential type: Membership
Type: Certificate of membership to professional body AASW
Accrediting Institution: Australian Association of Social Workers - AASW
Membership ID/Number: 438353
Year Issued: 2023
Status: Verified
My Therapy Approach
Specialities:
Anxiety
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality
Children & Teens
Depression
Divorce
Domestic Violence
Family Issues
GAD
Grief
Life Changes
Panic Attack
Parenting
Postnatal Depression
PTSD
Relationship Issues
Self Esteem
Sleep or Insomnia
Social Anxiety
Stress
Trauma and/or Abuse
Orientation:
ACT
CBT
Coaching
DBT
Gestalt Therapy
Group Therapy
Humanistic Therapy
Individual Therapy
Mindfulness
Trauma Focused
Therapy I offer:
Video
Phone
Text Chat
Physical Facility
Email
Individual
Online
My Languages:
English
Reviews

Shelly (Michelle) Clark has an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars (7 reviews).

Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"Worksheets are very helpful and apply to many different situations. My therapist is always willing to go the extra mile to help me when I need it."

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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"Convenient, holistic and reliable, online therapy has saved me hours of travel to see a therapist at a fraction of the cost"

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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"Shelly has been amazing. As a typical male who prefers to ignore and just cope with things. Shelly had been able to make me understand and open up to issues and opportunities."

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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"My therapist Shelly is great and very helpful"

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Rating: [4 out of 5 stars!]

"my therapist has been a very good aide in asking the right questions to kick start my introspection on my current problems and issues. Very patient with my slow responses and a wonderful source of advice for corrective behavior."

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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"Shelly Clark is a beacon of hope! She always gave me a welcoming safe place to share, be heard and guided to cope and navigate effectively through life's ups and downs. She is down to earth, warm and knowledgeable.
I think we all want to have that friend or family member that we can come and talk to that knows just what to say and gives tuff love in a loving way that motivates. She is that person for me and I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to meet her. A real gem! Thank you Shelly!
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Rating: [5 out of 5 stars!]

"I'm so happy with my therapist, Shelly. I look forward to our weekly sessions. She remembers so many of the details that I spoke about in prior sessions and challenges me to stretch myself. Since working with Shelly my mental and emotional state of mind has great improved. I value her insights, knowledge and generosity."

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