Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Offers remote video sessions.
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Social media use
I am a licensed therapist and travel advisor for women in search of more fulfillment in today's digital age. I am on a mission to encourage women to unlock their inner confidence and fully experience life's adventures on and offline.
I specialize in empowering young adults and adults navigating the highs and lows of social media and comparison traps, major life transitions, body image concerns, anxiety, relationships, and career development and burnout. As an avid traveler, I also incorporate travel therapy as a therapeutic tool for self-growth and assist clients with planning transformation trips. I am the host of Real Talk Travels, a podcast that highlights the behind the scenes of the digital age during unfiltered conversations with leading health experts, social media influencers, and travel enthusiasts.
Consultations and ongoing sessions can take place at my office in Beacon Hill or virtually. I offer regular weekly sessions and 90+ min intensives that are customized to meet your needs. Please visit my website at www.brieshelly.com to learn more!
Body image – Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception
Social media use
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Career development – Learning to utilize and highlight strengths, fine-tuning resumes, effective and practical stress-management, focusing on fulfillment, utilizing communication skills, and enhancing efficiency to reduce burnout
Life coaching – Identifying intentions and implementing strategies to build resilience and work towards one’s personal, health, or career goals
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Weight management (losing weight) – Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image
Brie is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $160-$200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Brie can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I use an integrative approach that combines Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques to ensure that clients have countless resources while exploring personal growth. I also enjoy incorporating animal therapy, mindful movement, traveling, and the outdoors during sessions to inspire individuals. Whether you are contemplating a life change, pondering ways to improve your mental health and wellness, or already in the midst of your next adventure, I am excited to help you process, explore, and energize you during every step of your journey."
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
O'Connor Professional Group
UNC's Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders
McLean Hospital's 3East DBT Continuum
Monte Nido's Eating Disorder Center of Boston
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MA in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA in Psychology and Exercise & Sports Science