Selena Shelley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a When Survivors Give Birth Approved Trainer and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University. 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.
Selena has been working with pregnant, birthing, and postpartum trauma survivors for nearly 25 years – first as a social worker with teen parents, then as a birth doula and childbirth educator, and now as a psychotherapist. She also helped develop and run the Birth Doula Services Program for Open Arms Perinatal Services in Seattle. In all of her work, Selena has witnessed how transformative trauma-informed support and care can be for families in the perinatal period. To that end, she considers it an honor to help train professionals serving pregnant, birthing, and postpartum families.