Stephanie Shell, MA, LPCC-S

Stephanie in an owner of ThrivePointe Counseling and Licensed Counselor. Stephanie is driven by a "better together" philosophy, knowing that someone has your back unleashes our greatest potential as people. Despite her cautious nature, she's learned to embrace challenge and uncertainty with a new tenacity. She will go all-in with the people around her, whether that means tackling an immovable roadblock, an exciting new venture, or breaking self-imposed limits.




  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Assertiveness and confidence
  • Attachment insecurity
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict management
  • Depression
  • Eating and body image
  • Emotional intelligence
  • EMDR
  • Grief and loss
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Life transitions
  • Marital conflict
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Trauma
  • Weight loss


  • MA, Counseling
  • Adjunct Professor of Marriage & Family Counseling
  • ¬†Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Training, Chicago/Carolina Center for EFT
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training, Beck Institute
  • Gottman Level 1
  • PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator
  • EMDR
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)


Why I Started ThrivePointe

Once the idea of ThrivePointe was sparked, there was no turning back for me! I couldn’t ask for better partners in this work. Jodie Edwards, Monica Hengge, and I share a value system that pulls us towards excellence, continual improvement, and care for each other and the people around us. As owners, we put our heart and soul (and blood, sweat, and tears!) into the work because we believe each person’s experience matters and we want the best for them. That’s why we’re never satisfied with the status quo. We will continue to look for opportunities to improve, meet new needs, and strengthen our relationships so people can trust that they’re in good hands at ThrivePointe.

Helping Therapists Thrive

Just like therapy gives us an opportunity to learn, grow, and become the best version of ourselves, we care about creating a work environment that nurtures vitality in each employee. Along any career journey there are challenges and inadequacies we must face in order to develop confidence and expertise. I love being a part of a leadership team that makes it safe to name our weaknesses and growth edges and then offers the support and direction to improve. This “culture of excellence” invigorates our work and brings us closer together. We’ve been so blessed with an amazing team of therapists and it’s a joy to create a great environment for them at work!

How I Recharge

The last several years have taught me a lot about embracing challenge. I’m at my best when I’m able to say, “bring it on!” then rally supportive people around me to face the dragon together. This new attitude has helped me expand my potential and enjoy things I never dreamed of. I’m at my best when I create space to learn and reflect, connect with my family, and try something new. You can usually find me curled up with a stack of books on a topic I want to learn about, hanging around a campfire with my family, or leveling up on a fitness challenge.
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