Shelly Middleton, PsyD, LMFT


“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”Franklin D. Roosevelt


I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis.  My initial major was Pre-med, but after taking a few Psychology classes “for fun” at the recommendation of my cousin who also went there, I had found a subject that I did not know I was in love with since I could remember!  I knew Psychology was the field and therapy was the career I was meant to be in.

I went on to graduate school at National University where I got my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.  I then decided to pursue my doctorate in the Marital & Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University. I earned my doctorate in Marital & Family Therapy at Alliant in 2019, concluding my long journey as a student.


I have worked various agencies as a therapist including Terra Nova Counseling, where I saw individuals, couples, and families, and did group counseling, the Gender Health Center, where I worked extensively with the LGBTQ+ community, and Wellness Together, where I spent over three years working with adolescents and teenagers in the school district.

While I was working, I spent some of my time during graduate school doing research and focusing on presenting and getting published.  I presented at the 2017 AAMFT-Ca Conference and have been published four times in the Encyclopedia of Couple & Family Therapy.  I got my license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #112111), and am registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

I have spent recent years pursuing another passion of mine – teaching.  I am an adjunct faculty at both Alliant International University and Brandman University, where I have taught various courses in the Marriage & Family Therapy and School Counseling programs.

Clinical Specialties

My treatment approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Object Relations, Humanistic, Narrative therapy, EMDR techniques, and Motivational Interviewing (MI). I have a vast amount of experience working with adolescents (pre-teens/teenagers), the LGBTQ+ population, as well as individuals and couples with issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, infidelity, trauma, abuse, co-dependency, addiction/AA/Al-Anon, and other various relationship and family conflicts.  I am fluent in both English and Hindi.


I grew up in Sacramento, CA in a big family that immigrated from the Fiji Islands.  I have worked various jobs while I was in school including working in the optical and cellphone industry, and for seven years as a certified personal trainer at the gym.  Although I no longer train others for a living, fitness is still my passion, which is evident through my love for avid weight lifting and running.  Some of my other more unique, interests include astronomy, Marvel/DC comics and movies, magic/magicians, Basketball, Soccer, 80s music, and playing the drums.

I also love adventure and trying new things, which up to this point has included traveling Paris by myself (where I got to try out my French – a language I spent a couple years learning), climbing one of the highest waterfalls in the world (Yosemite Falls), competing in obstacle course races such as the Spartan race, and skydiving.

My family (grandparents, parents, siblings, etc.), above all, is of utmost importance to me and come before anything else in my life.  This includes my amazing husband, Ryan. When I am not at work or the gym, you can find me spending my quality time with my husband and wonderful family.  My marriage and my family make up the core of who I define myself to be.


Availability & Rates

  • Monday-Friday 8-8
  • $150 per 50-minute hour
  • Limited Sliding Scale to $100 depending on availability