About Shelley

About Shelley – My name is Shelley. I am a psychologist with a unique background that has shaped my approach to clinical work. Born in Switzerland with Lebanese roots, I spent my formative years in Switzerland but also have deep connections to South Africa, where my childhood memories and the path to becoming a clinical psychologist were formed. This diverse upbringing has instilled in me a sense of multiple homes and a profound perspective that influences my practice.

Areas of expertise

With extensive psychoanalytic training, I possess a deep understanding of the psychological conflicts that often operate beneath our conscious awareness. I am committed to recognizing and integrating these conflicts in my clinical work. Specializing in addictions, eating disorders, dysphoric states, sexual symptoms, and maladaptive interpersonal patterns, I leverage my robust psychoanalytic knowledge and employs cutting-edge interventions to address these challenges. I also have a particular interest in couples therapy, offering support to couples navigating relationship difficulties.

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways”

– Sigmund Freud


My academic journey has equipped me with the necessary tools to excel in my field. I completed my education in clinical psychology, acquiring a solid foundation in psychoanalytic theory and practice. My passion for understanding the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and socio-cultural aspects within psychoanalytic work led me to contribute to various international publications. Additionally, I founded the South African Institute for Relational Studies, an innovative training ground for psychoanalytic clinicians interested in exploring the transmission of intergenerational trauma. This institute also provides valuable opportunities for psychologists-in-training and supervisees to enhance their clinical expertise under my guidance.