Shelly Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in good standing with the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psychoeducation Specialists since 1997.
Early in her training as a therapist, she began having pain and unusual body sensations when working with certain clients. Suspecting that these clients' issues were triggering repressed traumatic memories, she sought traditional counseling for answers. While it was helpful to a degree, she realized that these repressed memories were not going to surface through traditional methods.
So in 1992 her search began for non-traditional, body-centered approaches designed to access the bodymind, the unconscious mind, in order to reveal and release traumatic memories stored there.
Once these memories began to surface, and she was able to integrate and release them, she became fascinated with the impact of trauma on the body and how traumatic memories are stored. Since the research, now made popular by people like Bessel Van Der Kolk and Peter Levine, was not readily available at that time, Shelly had to trust in her own healing process and in time began to see a common thread in these "fringe" modalities - what made them effective.
Now, with thirty years of experience, practice, exploration, and study, under her belt, she has put together a method, which she recently discovered is very much like Somatic Experiencing, using techniques gleaned from a variety of body-centered healing approaches. It's called The Compassion Process®.
She continues to be fascinated with how emotions, memories, and beliefs are stored in the body and with the the bodymind's ability to heal itself, naturally and easefully, once the thinking brain is out of the way.
In 2005 she received life coach training from the Institute For Life Coach Training in Austin TX, a program designed specifically for therapists wanting to add coaching to their practices. This has allowed her to share these powerful techniques with people who don't necessarily need counseling or psychotherapy.
Shelly conducts trainings and workshops throughout Upstate, SC, but primarily on her farm in Pickens County, SC.
Trauma and the Body: Shelly's Story (Interview Part 3)
The Impact Of Trauma On the Body
See Part 4: Body-Centered Counseling and Coaching here.
Experience and Expertise
Therapy In Motion: Bringing the Moving Body Into Clinical Practice, Open Floor International, 2021
Re-Bodying Life: Tamalpa Life/Art Process for Trauma Healing, Tamalpa Institute, 2021
Movement Ritual and Dance Explorations, Tamalpa Institute, 2021
Body Mapping, Tamalpa Institue, 2021
Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, 2021
The Conscious Id, Polyvagal Theory & Discoveries In Neuroscience That Affect Counseling, 2017, Greenville, SC
Counseling Is the Development of Art, Science, and Illusion, 2017, Greenville, SC
Animal-Assisted Interventions, 2017 Columbia, SC
Neurolinguistic Programming, Introduction and Advanced, 2011, 2013
Sedona Method, Basic and Advanced Courses, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), Level 2, 2006, 2007
Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), Level 1, 2006
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Level 2 Training, 2004
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Level 1 Training, 2004
Therapist as Life Coach, 2004, Atlanta, GA.
Coaching for Clinicians, 2004, Columbia, SC
The 5 Rhythms, Wave On Wave, Nelson, BC 2003
Sedona Method, Accelerated Course, 2003
The 5 Rhythms, Sex and the Body, Chicago, Il. 2002
The 5 Rhythms, Heartbeats, Chicago, Il. 2001
Somato Respiratory Integration, 2001, Denver, CO.and Como, Italy.
The Hendricks Institute, Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks, Foundation Training, 2000, 2001, Washington, DC, and Santa Barbara, CA.
The 5 Rhythms, Endless Wave, Omega Institute, NYC, 2000
Life, Paint, and Passion, 1998, 2011, 2013
Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor Training, 1997, Asheville, NC.
Holotropic Breathwork,1994, Hendersonville, NC.
The Hakomi Method of Body-Based Psychotherapy, 1994, Asheville, NC
Adventure Based Counseling, Llama Trek for Clinicians, Pisgah National Forest, 1993
Heaven On Earth Farm
Specific directions provided upon scheduling or registration.
P.O. Box 1233
Pickens, SC 29671