Shelby Nielson

ACMHC, Primary Therapist


Shelby got his start in mental health and human services working for three years in the Utah State Correctional System as a Corrections officer. While working in the prison system, Shelby realized that he wanted to work more with adolescents before they got further along in the system. He enjoys helping them in overcoming mental health issues, difficult situations, and negative thought patterns. Shelby began working in adolescent group homes while still at the prison. He has continued working at various residential treatment centers and psychiatric hospitals in the 10 years since he left the prison.

Shelby views his clients from a strengths-based perspective and wants to help them find their own positive path to success through self-understanding and working through individual issues and blocks that are in their way. Shelby has worked with a wide variety of clients from diverse backgrounds and loves the gender and cultural inclusivity offered at Elevations RTC.

Shelby received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver and his Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Utah. While at The U of U, Shelby earned a certificate in Positive Psychology on top of his degree. He is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and is continuing training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Shelby enjoys working with a diverse group of students with various mental health issues including; trauma, anxiety, depression, understanding gender identity, communication, anger, aggression, self-worth, self-understanding/acceptance, substance abuse, and others.

In his free time, Shelby enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children. He enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, golf, biking, woodwork, and metalworking. He also enjoys reading and wants to always continue to learn.