Allyson Shellhammer

Counselor Summary

Allyson Shellhammer is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania.  Ally began working in the mental health field after her graduation from Moravian College with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  While working in direct care and eventually case management, Ally received her Master’s Degree from La Salle University in Professional Clinical Counseling. After completion of her internship at Northern Childrens' Services in Manayunk, Ally started her counseling career at KidsPeace Residential Trauma-Specific Program working with adolescent females who were survivors of sex trafficking. Ally also has experience in the outpatient setting, working with children and adolescents diagnosed with a variety of behavioral and mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, and has worked with many individuals of the LGBTQAI+ population. She also has experience in the BHRS level of care, providing Behavior Specialist Consultation wrap-around services working with children diagnosed with Autism, intellectual disabilities, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Most recently, Ally has been working in a Partial Hospitalization level of care with adults diagnosed with a variety of mental health disorders.

Ally has attended an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workshop to receive extensive training in ACT.  Ally received weekly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training at the Center for Integrated Behavioral Health and additionally received certification in Functional Behavioral Assessment. She has experience utilizing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction tactics in sessions to assist clients in accomplishing their treatment goals.

Ally works at Bethlehem Counseling Associates specifically with the child and adolescent population providing evidence-based, authentic, and genuine psychotherapy to a diverse population. Ally finds importance in assessment and collaboration to develop a working relationship between client, clinician, and family. Ally’s approach includes an empathic and emotionally validating environment for children and adolescents to heal. She pulls from a variety of different empirically supported interventions to assist clients in their continued journey towards wellness.

Client Focus

  • Children and Adolescents, ages 5-18

 

Education

  • La Salle University, M.A.

  • La Salle University, M.A.

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQAI+