When your relationship hurts, you hurt.
You try to communicate, but it always ends up in an argument. You’re dealing with the same problems over and over again, but you can’t find resolution. You’re missing that feeling of closeness, intimacy, and passion. You want a better relationship, but you feel like you’ve tried everything to get it. Where do you go from here?
The relationship you want is within reach!
It takes dedication and conscious effort, but you can have the relationship of your dreams. As your couples or individual therapist, I want to help you identify the obstacles that keep you from having the life you want. That includes creating a healthier relationship with yourself, as well as with the important people in your life.
As your therapist, I want to help you…
- Understand the importance of your personal story and learn to write a more fulfilling one.
- Cope with overwhelming emotions like sadness, anger, and stress.
- Discover how to impact your thoughts, feelings, and worldview through mindfulness and self-compassion.
- Create a vision of your future that will guide your daily actions and keep you on track to the life you want.
- Inspire acceptance, love, and forgiveness.
Shameela Keshavjee, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Texas License #201087
People and the way they relate to each other have fascinated me since I was young. As a quiet observer, I recognized the evolution within relationships and within people, as well as a desire to be connected to each other. Sometimes that connection gets disrupted… And here is where I found my strength and my passion. There is nothing more gratifying than watching you move from disconnection to reconnection.
I consider it a privilege and an honor to guide you on your journey. For this reason, I left agency work for private practice so I could focus on helping people like you who just want more stability and security in your lives and in your relationships.
On a personal note, I am a huge proponent of supporting mental health through food and fitness, so you’ll often find me trying out new recipes in the kitchen, on my yoga mat, or lifting weights. I also love to read, write, and immerse myself in art. Music, movies, and dance are some of my favorites, especially when I get to experience them with my family and friends.
I began my private practice in Denton, Texas in 2010. In 2015, I transitioned to working full-time in Southlake, Texas. I work primarily with couples, teens, and young adults. I welcome both unmarried and married couples and the LGBTQ community. I often incorporate family therapy into my work with with teens and young adults.
From 2007 to 2011, I provided social skills groups and individual therapy in alternative education settings and an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility in Denton and Dallas, respectively. Working in this capacity has offered me extensive experience working with teens, especially those considered “at-risk.”
In January 2009, I finished two years working as a contract family therapist for Youth and Family Counseling in Flower Mound, where I conducted therapy with a variety of individuals, couples, and families. I also participated in the First Offender Program, which offered family therapy as an alternative to legal consequences for teens under 17.
In the past, I have worked with foster children and their families, providing leadership and support, as well as in-home therapy and crisis intervention. I also have some experience working with domestic violence survivors, offering individual and group therapy, as well as crisis intervention.
2018, Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
2016, Rethinking Infidelity with Esther Perel
2013, LMFT Supervisor Training and licensed to provide supervision for LMFT-Associates
2012, Level I Training: Gottman Method Couples Therapy
2009, Fully licensed as LMFT in Texas #201087
2006-2009, Clinical Supervision with Dr. Adam Coffey
2005, MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Northwestern University’s The Family Institute
2002, BA in Liberal Arts from The University of Texas at Austin
At The Family Institute, I received extensive education in treating individuals, couples, and families from pioneers and innovators in the field of family therapy. Unlike other programs, the Family Institute requires students to begin seeing clients during their first year of training. As a result of such a rigorous experience, upon graduation, I felt confident and ready to provide therapy to many different types of clients.
Once I began working in the mental health field, I continued my education through supervision with Dr. Adam Coffey. With his guidance, I further developed my identity as a therapist, strengthening my ability to integrate practical application of theory with the creation of authentic, supportive relationships. Dr. Coffey also encouraged my study of mindfulness-based practices. As I incorporated mindfulness into my therapeutic approach, I found it to be a powerful tool for re-energizing and transforming lives.
I continue to educate myself on new research and methods to enhance my skills as a therapist. It’s a requirement of my ongoing licensure with the Texas State Board, but it is also a way I remain a benefit to my clients.