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Shelly Allen Psychotherapy, LCSW

Shelly Allen is an integrative and holistic psychotherapist. Her postgraduate training was in eating disorders, addictions and compulsive behaviors, chronic health issues, trauma, and loss. As an expert in her field, she often contributes to the media and publishes articles to raise awareness and promote positive change on topics affecting individuals and global communities.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Grief and Loss
  • Chronic Illness, Pain and Sleep Disorders
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image
  • Sex and intimacy
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • Connecticut
  • New York
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Provider
Profile
“I blend evidence-based treatment approaches with integrative mental health to allow for healing on all levels: Emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My previous career in the fashion photography industry allowed me to see so much of the discomfort surrounding myself and others, culturally and environmentally. I experienced how this discomfort led to depression, anxiety, and negative behaviors. I made the decision to become part of the change I wanted to see in the world, so I chose to focus on the individual person and healing. When we choose to hold a conversation, it can help disassemble the polarization and isolation. Conversations are healing and their ripple effect is strong.
What should someone know about working with you?
I explore what impacts the whole person, both emotionally and physically. We will look at your past influences, patterns, where you got stuck, and what your goals are. This will include an exploration of family, social life, food, and environmental influences. I enjoy working with people who are motivated to improve their health and wellbeing. I believe in a whole-person approach to health, not a one-size-fits-all model. I blend evidence-based treatment approaches with integrative mental health to allow for healing on all levels: Emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual. I help people improve their relationships with their bodies, whether that’s manifested in their relationship with food, sexual issues, addictions, anxiety, or depression.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have completed postgraduate training and certification in various areas of expertise, including integrative mental health, food, and body image issues. The learning never stops and I am constantly attending conferences, reviewing new research, and learning new ways to create healthier tools for improving our lives.
“I help people improve their relationships with their bodies, whether that’s manifested in their relationship with food, sexual issues, addictions, anxiety, or depression.”
Interested in speaking with Shelly?