Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

  • Andrew Shelton, M.A., M.S. Andrew Shelton, M.A., M.S.

Andrew Shelton, M.A., M.S.

Therapeutic Style:

My approach to counseling is informed psychodynamic/attachment and systems theories. I understand relationships as being foundational to human functioning and to change processes in therapy, though I incorporate cognitive-behavioral interventions based on a student’s needs. As a bilingual (Spanish and English) and bicultural therapist, I strive to honor intersecting identities (including, but not limited to gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, spirituality) in the therapy room and in the immediate and broader social context.

Supervision Style: 

I take a collaborative and developmental approach to supervision for the development of treatment skills and formation of their therapist identity. To me, a supervisee’s personhood of supervisor and supervisee lays the groundwork for the supervisory relationship for developing learning skills and techniques. Ultimately, my goals are to provide security, to encourage curiosity and exploration, and to inspire wonder and awe about becoming a therapist.

Professional Interests:

My professional interests include cultural adjustment and identity development of students from immigrant families, first generation college students, and international students. I also enjoy working with students across a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and relationship issues, including couples therapy and family of origin issues.

My research interests broadly involve cross-cultural attachment and minority wellness, with a particular emphasis on Latinx mental health and positive psychology among historically marginalized populations.

Groups and Liaison Roles:

I co-lead the All but Dissertation (ABD) group for Ph.D. candidates from various disciplines. The goal of this psychotherapy group is to help support students to navigate multiple challenges that impede their progress towards completion and graduation. I also co-lead the Queer Grad Group, which focuses on the social and emotional needs of graduate students of any gender expression, identity, or cultural background who identify as queer and/or LGBTQ+. I am also a Liaison to Residence Life (Buckeye Region) and serve on the Research Committee and the Social Justice and Inclusion Committee (SJIC).

Educational Background:

I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baylor University. I obtained my MA in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois and MS in counseling psychology from the University of North Texas. I am currently completing my PhD in counseling psychology (with a family psychology emphasis) from the University of North Texas.

Personal Interests:

In my free time, I enjoy exploring the Columbus Metro Parks, zoo, and COSI with my family, listening to audiobooks, going to art museums, watching any live, instrumental music, fantasy (American) football, and following my home football club Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba.

My Prounouns:  

He/Him/His