Kelsey Hopson-Shiller


About Me


My name is Kelsey Hopson-Shiller, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southern California. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, with a concentration in Children and Families, and a sub-specialty in Animal Assisted Therapy from the University of Denver in 2010. I've had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of settings- from in home, to school-based work, to anger management and conflict resolution, as well as providing support to separating or divorcing families. I have also had the opportunity, especially through my experience as an Animal-Assisted Therapist, to work with children with disabilities and other special needs as well as families going through the foster care system, or families that have been built in part through adoption.

I feel a particular passion for working with teenagers- especially LGBTQ or gender non-binary teens who may have experienced bullying or other self-esteem challenges related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. I utilize a strengths based approach to empower teens to be the experts on their own needs and to take responsibility for themselves by framing each as the author of their own story.

The message I share most often with my clients is that therapy is for EVERYONE! Therapy gives us tools to put in our toolbox- whether it's a short-term struggle, a problem that benefits from some outside perspective, or doing deeper work on our relationships with ourselves and others. Stigma around mental health tells us that 'broken' or 'crazy' people are the ones who seek out counseling, and this simply couldn't be further from the truth! Counseling and therapy offers everyone the chance to ease the burdens we are all carrying via a non judgmental ear combined with the training and experience to bring efficient solutions and opportunities for healing.

I usually check messages twice each day, six days per week- I believe good boundaries are helpful for everyone, and I want to model this for my clients as well, so I do take one full day to rest and recharge each week. I want to bring the best I have to offer to each of my clients, and setting modest limits on my availability helps me to do that! I offer messaging, live chat, video, and phone sessions. My calendar may not reflect my only availability so you can always check with me about another time you might prefer through messaging first.

I wish you all the best and look forward to working with you soon!


  • LGBT
  • Family conflicts
  • Career difficulties
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Coaching , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fertility Issues , Read more...
Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #LCSW74353 (Expires: 2022-03-31)


Written by J.A. on Jul 20, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 4 months

A+ all around!

Written by C.A. on Jun 04, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Very understanding and helpful. Works through my problems with me in a way that makes sense to me personally and really tries to contextualize how I can be more affective. Highly recommend!

Written by N.A. on Jun 03, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, eating disorders, and self esteem

Kelsey is wonderful at her job. She is patient and makes me feel safe and understood. There is clear communication so we are always on the same page and she helps validate her clients while also giving guidance and techniques to help them improve.

Written by P.O. on May 28, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and lgbt

A true gem! Kelsey has given me some valuable tools that have TRULY worked!

Written by D.Y. on Mar 27, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

Kelsey has been incredibly helpful and our work together is incredibly valuable.

Written by J.A. on Mar 23, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 3 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, and coping with life changes

This is my first time trying an online therapist but she's made it very easy to start a dialog and has had great feedback and ideas to help me going forward.

Written by M.E. on Mar 17, 2020 after counseling with Kelsey for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and adhd

Kelsey has been amazing so far. As a busy student, I only have a limited amount of time to talk to a therapist, but I really need the help right now as I go through a hectic time in my life. Kelsey is really accommodating and helps me work through everything in a way that is not stressful. She supports me through my issues and challenges me when appropriate. This is my first time using online therapy and I've really enjoyed it because of Kelsey.