Shelby Nolan, Master’s Level Intern

My focus: Trauma, find themselves, identity work, feel “whole”

 Hello! I am Shelby. I’m a therapist at Denver Mental Health Collective, but you can also call me a Pattern Breaker, Thought Untangler, & Perspective Seeker (awareness).

I help people with trauma feel more integrated with all versions of themselves so they can be fully present in their own lives.

My ideal clients are adolescents and adults that have gone through life-altering events, current changes, or feel as though they are living adjacent to the person they really are or want to be.

Pattern Breaker:

Do you feel like you keep finding yourself on the same path over and over, no matter how hard to try to change? Does it feel like you’re stuck in a rut that you don’t know how to climb out of? Does it feel like change is just out of your reach? You don’t have to live in the grips of old patterns anymore.

It’s the purpose of the brain to make patterns in order to make our lives easier, but sometimes the patterns that used to help us no longer serve that purpose. It’s frustrating and confusing that you seem to be holding onto something that’s not working anymore, but it’s hard to let go of patterns, and it’s difficult to create new ones. It’s even more of a stress to keep them the same when they’re making you feel so miserable.

Together we can figure out the glue that holds these patterns together by finding out the role the pattern plays in your life, and then we can deconstruct that path and that pattern. If it sounds like a challenge, that’s because it is. This will be hard work, but we will be in it together. We will forge a new path to get to where you want to be, away from the ruts that route you away from your goals and intentions.

Thought Untangler:

 Do you feel like your inner world is a knotted ball of yarn, all mixed up and hard to follow? Are you confused by your experiences, feelings, and actions and don’t know why you have big reactions to small things (like crying when you drop your fork)? I know it can feel like too big of a task to untangle, but I can help you tease out the knots.

Nothing in life happens in a vacuum, and that makes it messy. Current relationships are impacted by childhood, which was impacted by parents, and all of it is tangled up in technology, culture, and generation. It makes sense to be confused, but it’s frustrating, too.

At first it might feel like the Connect-the-Dot picture is looking more like abstract art, but we can start to make sense of your world, drawing the lines as we unweave the web of knots. In the mess are meanings, reason, and missing pieces to your story that we can put back together. You can have understanding instead of confusion, organized threads instead of chaos.

Perspective Seeker:

Do you feel like you’ve run out of ideas? Like you have done and tried everything you can think of, but you’re still exactly where you don’t want to be?

It’s hard to step back and see the full image of your life, because that’s what it is: your life. You have bills, classes, friends, obligations, and busyness that can roll in like a fog and block out the picture you’re trying to see or where you want to go. You’re so focused on the day-to-day that the goals and the change you want is going nowhere. You feel stagnant and frustrated.

Like a climber on a wall, you can only see what’s closest to you. I will take on the role of belayer, and I will help you see the rest of the wall and point out what I can see from the vantage point of outside the situations that are affecting you. We can clear out the fog, find the points on the route that you couldn’t see before, and forge a new way and actually get to where you want to go.


I will be receiving my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Northern Colorado in Summer of 2022. In my past I have been a behavior therapist, a personal trainer, an educator, and a personal assistant.


I am neurodivergent and a pursuer of many hobbies, from watching anime to lifting weights and from writing poetry to woodworking. I’m passionate about stories and people, but my favorite days are long drives listening to audiobooks with my partner on our way to even longer hikes with our two huskies, Equinox and Solstice. Or maybe lounging in my big chair while I read. Or cooking for our friends and family while we debate the rules of UNO (no, you cannot add a Draw 2 to a Draw 2 in my house). I’m no stranger to therapy, anxiety, burnout, or trauma, but I have found the things I needed in the situations I didn’t deserve. I want to help others do the same.

Please contact our office today to schedule a free phone consultation. During this time our Client Care Coordinator can talk more about what’s going on and how I can help you feel better.

2121 South Oneida St.
Denver, CO 80224
(720) 863-6100

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