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Selena Shelley MA, LMHC, CD(DONA), LCCE

Selena Shelley

Selena Shelley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and When Survivors Give Birth Approved Trainer, as well as a not-currently-practicing doula and childbirth educator. She has a psychotherapy and consultation practice in the Seattle area, and specializes in working with pregnant and postpartum trauma survivors. She also facilitates When Survivors Give Birth trainings for doulas, midwives, social workers, psychotherapists, community and reproductive health clinics, and sexual assault centers, and is Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University. Selena has been working with pregnant, birthing, and postpartum sexual abuse and assault survivors for over twenty years – first as a social worker with teen parents, then as a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and psychotherapist. She also helped develop and run the Birth Doula Services Program at Open Arms Perinatal Services in Seattle. In all of her work, Selena has witnessed how transformative the right kind of support and care can be for trauma survivors. To that end, she believes training professionals how to work more easily and effectively with trauma survivors is some of the most important work in maternal health, and she is honored to be speaking at the 2020 DONA International Summit.