Shelly Ishii

Sheila (Shelly) Ishii, BSN, MSW,

Licensed Certified Social Worker, Clinical LCSW-C
Maryland License #10659
Owner and Psychotherapist at
Metro Maryland Counseling Center, LLC
Maryland Social Work Board-Approved (LCSW-C) Supervisor

w. 410-750-3330, x701
f. 410-750-3332

Shelly enjoys the synergy of her three professional backgrounds (nursing, Christian missionary, and clinical social work) as she sits with each of her clients. Having grown up in an alcoholic household she sought her own professional therapy to work through her childhood wounds and resulting adult dysfunctional behaviors and addictions. She believes that everyone is a person of value and esteems the privilege of listening to the heart of the one before her. She creates a safe space where pain can gently be explored and worked through.

Shelly is passionate about the change potential inherent in her ongoing Interpersonal Group Therapy that she has offered women for 13 years. Many of life’s wounds are relational and are helped to heal through such relational connections that one experiences in the safety of this type of group.

Shelly and her missionary husband of 34 years have shared their home with several Siberian Huskies during their marriage. Their best vacation adventure was mushing a team on an Alaskan glacier! Various sizes of tropical fish aquariums have dotted their living room shared with more than 25 different international students who have rented their “students’ room.” These various friends have given Shelly great appreciation for the complexity and richness of other cultures.

Shelly offers in-office treatment of adults with the following issues:

  • Adjustment to medical issues in self or family members
  • Adult Children of Alcoholic issues
  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder in adults
  • Attachment issues
  • Bipolar I and II disorder
  • Boundaries—development and establishment
  • Codependent relationships
  • Depression
  • Diverse Culture Clients
  • Issues of Christian Spiritual Growth
  • Loss and Grief
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Missionary Re-entry Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Same-Sex Attraction in Women
  • Sexual Addiction in Women
  • Shame
  • “Third Culture Kids”
  • Trauma/Abuse/Neglect
Sheila Ishii
Shelly's office


  • Individuals
  • Group
  • Adults
  • Older adults

Women’s Interpersonal Psychotherapy Group
Tuesdays 6:30-8pm
In its 13th year

Contact Shelly

Metro Maryland Counseling Center, LLC

3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 230, Ellicott City, MD 21043

The Executive Center office building is on the corner of N. Ridge Rd. and Rt. 40, just off Rt. 29. Our offices are handicapped accessible.
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