I have a career in leading conversations that focus on strengths and resources, enhance resiliency, lean on creativity, and create change. I do this in systems of many sizes in my practice as a consultant, coach and psychotherapist.
I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Iowa and took two years postgraduate training in Couples and Family Therapy from the Menninger Foundation. One advantage of a social work education is that one learns systemic thinking and how to work with systems of many sizes.
My work consulting and coaching is enhanced by, my study of collaborative organizational change processes, and particularly leadership, in a program offered by Tilburg University and the Taos Institute from 2007-2012.
I have training and experience in the following practices, all of which are among my professional offerings:
- Collaborative organization consulting
- Relational leadership
- Leadership coaching
- Appreciative Inquiry
- Public Conversations Project
- Art of Hosting
- World Café
My psychotherapy experience includes many agencies providing services to marginalized populations, as well as private practice. I’m proud to be a founding member of Larchmont Associates. My practice has included work with individual adults, couples and families. In all cases I hold the value of dialogue. That requires listening, respect, and curiosity. My experience has shown me that engaging with clients in that way builds a collaborative relationship and encourages rich conversation about their strengths and the challenges they encounter.
Currently I offer psychotherapy both virtually (telehealth) and in person in my office in Crestline, California.
My teaching experience includes including the University of Southern California, Alliant University, and Phillips Graduate Institute in the Los Angeles area, and conducting workshops and trainings both nationally and internationally. Currently I am a Lecturer and Supervisor at California State University San Bernardino.
I have held the positions of Clinical Director of the Southern California Counseling Center, Clinical Director of the Valley Family Center and Director of Clinical Training Programs of California Family Counseling Center/Phillips Graduate Institute. I hold an ongoing position as a consultant to The Relational Center, where my work has included developing and leading public dialogues, training students in organizational development, and supervising psychotherapy trainees.
I am an avid practitioner of tai chi as well as a Buddhist. I live in Crestline, California with my husband and our two dogs.
Please visit my personal website maggiesheltonlcsw.com for more information.
License no. LCS 9581
I entered into the profession of psychotherapy first as a paraprofessional working with LA Shanti in the early 1990’s and then getting my degree in social work from the University of Southern California. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been in private practice for over ten years. Currently I provide supervision at the Southern California Counseling Center and in my private practice. My areas of interest are substance abuse, adoption, HIV/AIDS, and anxiety with a special focus on couple’s therapy. Additionally, I am an EMDR trained therapist and a member of EMDRIA.
I believe that it is impossible, for a mental health “expert” to be able to determine what is “psychologically healthy,” since there is no true measurement of mental health. Therefore the focus of my work is on “deconstruction.” To “deconstruct” means to examine what we believe to be true and carefully determine its usefulness and appropriateness from my client’s perspective.
I also believe that all of our thoughts and behaviors exist in cultural, religious, and social contexts that give them meaning and significance and that our views of ourselves are shaped through an unconscious process of filtering through our experiences and selecting those that are most aligned with the stories we hold about ourselves.
License no. LCS 20556