SHELLY ISPAN-LAING, Counselor
B.A., Leisure Studies, concentration in Recreational Therapy, Kent State University
M.A., Counseling Psychology. Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado
Shelly began working at Shortridge Academy in 2006, as a Phase III leader. Shortly thereafter, it was decided to create a transition program at Shortridge Academy and Shelly was asked to design and manage it. As Head of Transition and Alumni Services Shelly worked with every student and family as they transitioned/graduated out of Shortridge Academy. Her services also included offering post-graduation support to students and families that felt they needed the extra support/guidance as they transitioned to their next placement. Shelly left Shortridge Academy in 2012 because she was asked to work for an agency that trains and supervises Behavior Health Professionals that work directly in the homes of families with children with special needs. Supporting and advocating for individuals and families with special needs is dear to Shelly’s heart, so she decided it was something she needed to put her energy into.
In August of 2014 Shelly returned to Shortridge Academy and is delighted to be counseling adolescents and their families again. Shelly has worked with struggling teens and their families for over 15 years. She began her career as a Peer Group Leader and Lead Wilderness Counselor at the Academy at Swift River (ASR). She left ASR for graduate school at Naropa University in Boulder CO. During Graduate school Shelly was a Team Leader at AIM House, a transitional living facility for young adults. At AIM House Shelly supported college-age students in maintaining their sobriety while they worked, went to school, learned and practiced healthy life skills, and repaired interpersonal relationships.
Shelly has a strength-based approach and has extensive experience using Mindfulness Meditation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems approaches to address family issues, depression, attachment, oppositional defiance, generalized anxiety, and addictive behaviors. Shelly’s diverse experience, combined with feedback from students/clients has shaped her style of work. Shelly is passionate about supporting students and their families in becoming more self-aware, honest/authentic, and comfortable with addressing and resolving conflict. Shelly believes in the importance of adolescents taking responsibility for their own happiness, individuation and future.
Shelly has her masters degree in Counseling Psychology. She is a graduate of the New Hampshire Leadership series through the Institute of Disability at UNH, and an approved candidate for licensure in the State of New Hampshire. Shelly is married and the proud Momma of two beautiful children!