Clinical Director, Therapist, Art Therapist
I am a psychotherapist, but I am also an art therapist, EMDR trained clinician and a chronic pain expert. I help adults and teens with trauma histories working to recover, people with chronic pain looking to get back into life, and helpers of all types find balance in their lives.
For many people, finding the right words to express what is going on inside can be difficult and often uncomfortable. Art materials can provide access to the language of color and shape, allowing individuals to find new ways to communicate and more accurately relay their inner world. The great news is you do not need to be an artist to participate in art therapy. I use art therapy to help my people with anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic pain, and self-esteem issues.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, was developed to help people process trauma. Through rapid eye movement, which occurs naturally during dreaming, people can move through the healing process at a much faster rate than talk therapy alone. This technique has since been successfully applied to a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, eating disorders, panic attacks, chronic pain and more. I utilize EMDR to help people with anxiety, chronic pain, and trauma.
Whether from illness or injury, chronic pain affects every aspect of a person's life. I offer understanding and acceptance to the people I work with, and education and support to their families. I approach chronic pain from a Biopsychosocial model, integrating the many areas of life that chronic pain affects including physical limitations, self-image, and personal relationships. There is life after pain.
As much as 90% of the U.S. population has been exposed to a traumatic event. Sometimes, the body gets stuck, causing symptoms of trauma including nightmares, flashbacks, and severe anxiety. Through EMDR, art therapy, CBT, and yoga poses, I help people integrate traumatic experiences into their personal history, allowing them to return to a healthier state of being and improved confidence.
Firefighter, police officer, military, Highly Sensitive Person, empath, intuitive, counselor, healer. However you identify yourself, chances are that if you are in a helping profession, making time for your own needs feels "selfish" or is difficult to do. This can lead to trauma, poor work-life balance, high-stress levels and ultimately chronic health issues. I work with helpers to gently move from imbalance to a place of self-compassion and personal growth.
How I Help:
As an art therapist, I provide the space, support and tools needed to explore and create your own healing journey. This may be through person centered talk therapy, EMDR, CBT, mindfulness, education, or creating and exploring an art piece that gives voice to what's going on inside, or any combination of these.
Through my own journey with chronic pain, I found that the medical model does not address the complex needs of people living with chronic pain. Every aspect of life is affected by pain. Therefore, a holistic, mind, body, spirit approach is needed to help people heal and re-create a life after chronic pain. Acceptance, compassion, education, and support inform my work. You do not have to go this alone. Let me walk with you during this part of your journey.
Sometimes you can't get there on your own
Sometimes you've tried all you can
Sometimes the obstacles seem just too big
Sometimes you get lost along the way
Sometimes the world gets in the way
Sometimes you wonder if you're walking in the wrong direction
Let's walk together awhile
- Salina Shelton
More about Salina…
Salina Shelton, MA, LPC-AT, ATR-BC
Salina Shelton is the founder and CEO of HopeWise. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Art Therapist. She is a certified MARI practitioner and trained in EMDR for chronic pain and trauma.
In an effort to support the chronic pain community, and help others find healing, Salina founded the Chronic Pain Resource Center in 2017. Through this nonprofit, she facilitates free support groups for adults and parents of teens with chronic pain.
Art and yoga formed the foundation of Salina's healing journey. She continues to enjoy these activities outside of work. She is a mother to two beautiful daughters and wife to a wonderful husband. Salina and her family enjoy annual trips to the Texas Renaissance Festival.