Shelly Smith


Shelly Smith


Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 1102-124
Secondary Credential: LMFT - 166.001023
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Free 10 minute consultation
$150 per session

Open Path Sliding Scale Provider
Free Initial Consultation


925 Elm Grove Rd.
Elm Grove, Wisconsin 53122
310 E. Buffalo St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

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My Approach to Helping

Online booking is available directly on my website! Reach out for a free consultation or book your first appointment.

Even while being highly successful, life is hard. It's full of stressors and demands, and our relationships get complicated. Chances are that no matter how strong or resilient you are - at some point - life will get the best of you. And there is nothing wrong with that. It happens to everyone.

In your appointments with me, you have the opportunity to take time for yourself, to think through what you want to be different, and to fix what's not working. We will tailor therapy to fit your needs and lifestyle, so you can get back things sorted out as quickly as possible.

For years, I've successfully used best practices to help couples reconnect and meet their relationship goals. And, I specialize in providing support for professionals and business owners to create the life they dream about.

I believe people are resilient and often already have the tools they need to make a change. My job is to help you find your inner strength, to tap into your self-care practices, and to encourage you to create the life you're hoping for.

More Info About My Practice

In order to help you fit therapy into your busy schedule, I provide in-person and online therapy options. You can choose to have appointments only in the office, only online (HIPAA-compliant), or we can do both depending on what works best for your schedule week to week. Please reach out to me if you have questions. I'm happy to discuss all the options in advance.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

It's common to consider going to therapy for a long time before actually making an appointment. It's such an important decision.

Here are some things to consider that I firmly believe about therapy:

- Therapy should be for everyone. Life is crazy, and sometimes it's just unclear how to make it better.

- It is a sign of strength. You're showing courage, resiliency, and a desire to make this decision.

- You are willing to consider change and truly want to make things better.

- You are saying yes to caring for yourself and the important people in your life.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

I've been told one of the things that keep people away from therapy is a common misconception that therapy will go on for months or years. While in some cases that can be necessary and helpful, it's not common for people to spend that long in therapy. Some of my clients see me for only a couple sessions, then don't need support for a long time. Therapy is available to you when you need it.

When you start therapy, you'll usually meet with me weekly to get some momentum going. Once you feel that things are changing for the better, therapy often goes down to biweekly or monthly appointments - just to 'check in' and make sure the progress continues going in the right direction. After you've achieved your goals and stop coming to therapy, you can always set an appointment in the future for other reasons or to 'check in' as needed.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Career Choice
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family Problems
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
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