Shelly Mohnkern LCPC, NCC

Independent Therapist

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Shelly Mohnkern, LCPC, NCC provides clients with a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and safe space to help them improve their quality of life and their greater well-being. She practices from a culturally informed structure, acknowledging social circumstances and the experience of individuals in their everyday interactions. She enjoys working with a diverse range of clients, assisting them in addressing different challenges in their lives, and empowering them to identify a variety of coping skills to take on their difficulties. She enjoys assisting clients overcome relationship issues, trauma, anxiety and depressed mood, among other concerns. She wholeheartedly believes that therapy and the therapeutic relationship she builds with clients provides a space to make healing, self-awareness, and personal growth more attainable. 

Shelly is trained in Clinical Counseling and Spiritual Integration. Her use of eclectic approaches enables the client to access all their strengths in order to reflect, acknowledge and achieve set goals in a supported manner.  Cognitive behavioral therapy, reality therapy, spirituality and mindfulness techniques are just a few of the theories and practices utilized to encourage and support wellness.  Shelly has expertise treating individuals who experience anxiety and depression following life changes, as well as those struggling to integrate their diagnosis with their life in a meaningful manner to make the changes they envision in their lives. She provides individual therapy for adolescents age 16+, adults and seniors. Shelly works with clients who have suffered through job loss, significant health issues, life and social transitions, and living through a pandemic. Shelly has training in working with trauma and practices trauma-informed therapy. Shelly recently completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a type of psychotherapy with growing evidence of effectiveness, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Shelly holds a MS degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She has worked with a myriad of clients from differing backgrounds, ethnicities, and faith traditions, operating under many different family and relationship models. Shelly has experience working with alternative relationship configurations, including polyamorous, kink, and other non-traditional practices. Shelly sees many LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC clients and actively works on anti-racism and allyship.

Shelly is a native Marylander, and a proud nerd. In her free time, she can often be found attending Live Action Roleplay Games, playing boardgames, or walking her ex-racing Greyhound, Styx. Shelly loves to sing, and when she is able, she sings both on her own, and with small local choirs. Shelly attends several spiritual events a year, from various paths of faith and belief, primarily through affiliation with CUUPs.

Shelly specializes in a variety of concentrations, modalities, and services.



  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Depression & Mood Disorders
  • Grief & Loss
  • High Performance Careers
  • Marginalized Communities
  • Neurodivergent Conditions
  • Post Traumatic Stress and Other Trauma
  • Women’s Issues
  • Sexuality


  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)


  • Couples Counseling
  • Individual Counseling

Age Groups

  • Adolescents (10+)
  • Adults

Here's Shelly's general availability and billing information.

Billing & Availability

  • Weekdays

    • Afternoons
    • Evenings
  • Telehealth States

    • Maryland [MD]

Billing & Insurance

In-Network provider under Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland for most clients who have a Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plan in DC, MD, and VA.


Out of Network provider for all other insurance plans.


Able to bill Out of Network insurance plans for clients to make reimbursement easier for them. If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield and live outside of the DC, MD, and VA area, please check with your insurance on any potential coverage restrictions prior to beginning therapy.

Here are some of Shelly's professional credentials.


CEUs and Trainings

  • EMDR Training: Integrating EMDR into your Clinical Practice
  • Ethical Considerations When Addressing Spirituality & Religion With LGBTQ+ Clients
  • Transgender Mental Health Care: From Basic Information to Evidence-Based Counseling
  • What Is Good Military Mental Health and Wellness?
  • Sexual and Gender Diversity Learning Community (SGDLC) Evaluation Project
  • Couples and Family Therapy Training through Role Playing
  • Cultural Competencies in the Treatment and Care of First Responders
  • No Forgiveness, No Recovery: Know Forgiveness, Know Recovery
  • Disenfranchised Grief and Loss Within the Transgender Experience
  • ASERVIC Religious and Spiritual Competencies: The Next Chapter

Advanced Certifications

  • EMDR Trained Therapist


  • MD License