Shelly-Ann Collins Rawle, PhD.
Licensed Psychologist California #PSY30508
No one ever said it (life, relationships, career, school) would be easy, but should it be this hard?
Something I think we all long for, is to be understood. If you are struggling with difficult emotions or having a hard time transitioning through major changes in your life, I think we should talk.
My approach in therapy is to hone in on our connection and that connection will determine our success in treatment. I use an integrative style of therapy weaving humor and strength- based perspectives into my practice. I specialize in relational issues (individual, couples, throuples, polyamory), life transitions, racial, gender and sexual minority mental health, and the intersection between physical health and mental well-being.
I earned my PhD from Northeastern University, an APA accredited doctoral program in Boston, Massachusetts, completed a nationally accredited doctoral internship at UCLA and a health psychology postdoctoral fellowship at the University of San Francisco in California. I have advanced training in psychological assessments, group therapy and the treatment of alcohol and other substance use. I have worked in some of the nation’s top institutions including the University of California San Francisco, Franciscan Hospital for Children, and Boston Children’s Hospital at Martha Eliot, both teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School.
In addition to my clinical work, I am also an adjunct professor, who has published and regularly presents on topics related to microaggressions, healthy relationships, managing stress & anxiety, resilience and multicultural competence.
Originally from Jamaica, I have lived in several major cities including Miami (might be my favorite destination), Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. When I’m not working, I consider myself a foodie, and I enjoy teaching flexibility and pole dance, watching movies and spending time with my partner, friends and fur baby Sunny.