407 E 2nd Ave Ste 250 Spokane WA 99202 | (509) 315-9776

Shelly Donovan

Shelly Donovan BA

Pronouns: She/Her


  • Shelly is fulfilling internship hours towards the degree of Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Whitworth University
  • Shelly is enrolled in a COAMFTE accredited program

Population Specialty

  • Tweens (11-14)
  • Adolescents (ages 15-18)
  • Adults (ages 19-55)
  • Individuals
  • Couples 

Treatment Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationship Issues

Population Ally

  • Bisexual Allied
  • Body Positivity
  • Cancer Allied
  • Gay Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Non-Binary Allied
  • Open Relationships/Non-Monogamy
  • Queer Allied
  • Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
  • Single Mother Allied
  • Vegan Allied

About Shelly

Shelly is a graduate student working towards a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Whitworth University. She receives weekly supervision by her university professors and is directly supervised by Site Supervisor and Couple and Family Therapy Director, Keneesha Lloyd MS, LMHC. Shelly is practicing under the license of Ms. Lloyd who is licensed in Washington as a Mental Health counselor.

Shelly combines elements of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and emotionally-focused therapy. She focuses on her clients thoughts and feelings in the present moment, and without judgement, while helping her clients understand and change their thought patterns that contribute to distress. She works alongside her clients to explore emotions and comprehend their origins to discover the impact they have on her client's lives.

Shelly's Areas of Interest:

  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Life transitions
  • Marital and Pre-marital
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

A Message from Shelly

I understand how intimidating it can be to find the right counselor that you feel comfortable opening up. If you're here, it's likely because you're seeking support and guidance through a challenging time in your life. I want you to know that you're not alone in this journey. I acknowledge the courage it takes to seek help and the struggles you might be facing. It's okay to feel lost or overwhelmed; I'm here to provide a safe space where you can explore those emotions without judgment.

My approach to therapy is rooted in building a trusting and compassionate relationship with my clients. I strive to create an environment where you feel heard, understood, and supported. In simple terms, I believe in working collaboratively with you to navigate through life's challenges.

During our sessions, you can expect a tailored approach that fits your needs. We'll explore your concerns and work together to develop strategies and insights that can help you cope and thrive. Change might not happen overnight, but you'll notice gradual shifts in your perspective, behavior, and overall well-being.

For me, the essence of counseling lies in creating a space where you feel safe to explore, heal, and grow. The most crucial aspect is our relationship—a trusting bond built on respect and empathy.

You'll know if I'm the right fit for you if you feel a sense of comfort and connection during our conversations. My favorite type of client is someone who is willing to engage openly and honestly in the therapeutic process, eager to explore their thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

Finding the right therapist is a personal journey and I want you to find someone that you feel comfortable with and understood. If you resonate with my approach and believe we could work well together, I'm here to support you on your path to healing.