Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, CRC
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Offers remote video sessions.
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Thu: Select Openings
Fri: Select Openings
Specialties & expertise
- Eating disorders
- Life transitions
- Career development
- Substance use
Brie Shelly is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor in downtown Boston. Brie specializes in eating disorders, body image, substance use, life transitions, career development, and life design coaching, and offers both traditional talk therapy and coaching services. She has worked in various treatment programs, including Veritas Collaborative and McLean Hospital, and has particular expertise in holistic care for eating disorder and addiction clients.
Brie works with young adults, college students, adults, couples, families, and parents. In addition to individual work with clients, she offers wellness education for loved ones, and workplace wellness for companies striving for a better work-life culture.
Brie uses a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, family systems therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and mindfulness practices. She is currently pursuing her yoga teaching certification to add yoga therapy to her practice.
Brie focuses on the intersections between mental health and mental, physical, social, and vocational aspects of her clients' lives. She draws upon her expertise in Exercise and Sports Science from her time at UNC to incorporate wellness and prioritize holistic care. Her goal is for her clients to process concerns and learn healing skills to attain sustainable mental health and wellness.
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
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
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
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
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
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Boston College Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Harvard Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Lesley University Student Insurance (BCBS)
- MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (BCBS)
- Northeastern University Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Ongoing sessions: $175 - $200
Sliding scale: A sliding scale 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
"In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, Activate Wellness Solutions (AWS) invites both individuals and companies to pause and embrace solutions that foster sustainable mental health and wellness. Through customized consultations, therapy, and coaching solutions, AWS offers guidance and tools so that everyone can start experiencing the power of wellness, personal growth, and adventure in their lives."
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)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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