Shelly Hummel, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
1996 University of Iowa, BA Psychology, Honors in Psychology
1998 Northern Illinois University, MS Marital and Family Therapy
License, Certifications & Awards
North Carolina Marital and Family Therapist License #861
Professional Activities and Memberships
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Member
Gottman Certified Therapist, 2013
Seven Principles Educator, 2014
I believe that a professional should always continue to learn and provide services that are shown to be most effective. Because of this desire, I became a Gottman Certified Therapist. What does this mean for you? This means that I have extra training and specialty in utilizing the latest methods in working with couples. I thoroughly assess your relationship with a combination of interviews and assessments, with the recognition that there are many perspectives to every story. After the assessment, I give you a breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses of your relationship. I teach you research-based skills that break negative communication and I help you manage conflict and restore intimacy.
My desire to help couples remain happily married has given me the opportunity to speak at events held by Hope Lutheran Church, which included a weekly study on helping couples manage conflict and a presentation entitled: “Making It Last.” I have also facilitated a mandated program by the State of Iowa called “Children in The Middle”, given to divorcing parents as an education tool designed to show parents the devastating effects of a messy divorce.
Life circumstances facilitated my desire to become a marriage therapist in early adolescence. I graduated from The University of Iowa with Honors in Psychology and completed my graduate degree from Northern Illinois University. My passion has always been working with couples and that passion remains today. I have been in practice for 16 years, specializing in helping couples who are burdened by wanting to make their relationship work, but are uncertain of the tools and where to start. It is my goal to make each person feel heard, respected and known in the therapeutic process. I also provide individual therapy for adults who are burdened by one of the thousand struggles (anxiety, depression, stress, etc…the list goes on and on, right?) that life sometimes hands to us.