Shell Stern, LCSW

(name/she/they )

EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

Shell has committed to approaching their work through a justice and anti-oppression lens. They believe in the innate healing power of each individual and in the power of transformation, finding strengths from within to have greater access to joy, fulfillment, meaning and connection. Shell is a strong proponent of self-compassion, committed to developing collaborative and trusting relationships with those they work with and often uses EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness and Nature Connection to promote self-awareness and well-being. In addition to office or virtual formats, she offers individual and group sessions in outdoor settings, giving nature-based invitations that draw on one’s experiences with the natural world to be an ally and resource. Through personal experience and guiding others, they have found that the natural world is a clear and compassionate mirror for discovering and cultivating the essence of one’s true nature and authentic self. Additionally, Shell has training in mediation, meditation, ecotherapy, rites of passage work and is EMDRIA certified in EMDR.

Education & Experience

Master's degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a bachelor's degree in sociology and a background in community organizing, advocacy and activism.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Member National Association of Social Workers Website:

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • LGBTQ+


can create Superbill for client to self file as "out of network provider"