Shelley Gillespie, LCSW

 *Openings for Elders & Caregivers!*

I welcome your whole self, including parts that are marginalized by dominant society, the parts that hurt most, the ones navigating change. You may be experiencing grief and loss around the death of a loved one, or a memory loss diagnosis, loss of a role, grief over the climate, or a harm done to a family member. You may be experiencing a time of transition into parenting or into caregiving, or away from a familiar role. In your role as activist or artist, you may feel stuck. I’m here to support you toward the healing and growth you most want.

I recognize the role oppression plays on individual and collective well-being and tend to those dynamics through a strengths-based, anti-oppressive, trauma-informed posture. I’m committed to reflecting on my own biases as an integral part of being a social justice-oriented practitioner. I believe in the vast possibilities inside of us to tap into inner resilience and relational strength.


You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just weather.”

~ Pema Chodron


In our times of grief, and struggle for a healthy planet, for racial and social justice, and inner well-being and outer connection, how do we hold intense emotions and experiences and keep on? Life in these times often doesn’t feel like just weather. How do we know and feel that we are the sky-that inner sense of okayness as we are? How do we draw on the strengths of our inner selves and our supportive relationships to create a sense of wholeness? How do we get unstuck from the impacts of trauma? I’m interested in supporting you in setting in motion practices and ways of being that help nourish healing, fortitude, and even un-imagined growth. In seeking answers to questions that will be unique to you, I offer my compassionate witnessing, attuned curiosity, and collaboration to your healing and wellness.

My approach is  integrative. I draw on eight years of community-based therapeutic practice and two in private practice in which I’ve served people across the ages, from children to the oldest-old, and from different racial and class backgrounds, among other identities. I aim to co-create a therapuetic relationship that is centered on compassionate witnessing and attuned curiosity. Our sessions are based on your stated goals and our collaboration to reach the well-being you are seeking from therapy. As appropriate, I incorporate elements of Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, expressive arts, mindfulness, and self-compassion. I am also trained in EMDR.

Please reach out!


Caring for those with Memory Loss


Role & Career Transitions

Life Changes & Transitions





Compassion Fatigue




LGBTQIA+ Affirming

Relationship/Attachment Challenges (individuals)

Work-related Stress


PacificSource, MODA, Aetna, Kaiser & Kaiser Medicare, Trillium OHP, Health Share (CareOregon) OHP





Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Gerontology Certificate

Certificate in Therapy with Foster & Adoptive Families



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