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Providing mental health services that support awareness, respect,
and inclusion for all

Together, let's start your journey towards better mental health.

We provide mental health services that support awareness, respect, and inclusion for all. Bodhi Counseling and Consulting is committed to offering high-quality therapy to people in all stages: 

Shelby Murtagh
Specializes in:

Complex Trauma, Grief Counseling for Children, EMDR (Telehealth Only)

All Hands In

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen

the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on

the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral,

the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Life challenges can deplete your self-esteem and optimism, leaving you anxious and depressed. Sometimes things look fine from the outside, as you go on caring for others and meeting your responsibilities, but inside, you’re not okay. 


I get what it’s like to feel you don’t fit in. When depression, substance use, sexual orientation, your gender identity and expression, your cultural identity, or any kind of trauma or adverse life experience leaves you feeling “outside” of communities and relationships, my office is a safe place where you’ll be seen and heard.


I work with adults who are confronting anxiety, depression, life transitions, substance use recovery, and LGBTQ+ concerns. I also focus on providing therapy for other therapists and those in helping professions who need to maintain their own mental health. You deserve to feel better, and to have a base of resilience to support you in your work and your life.

In our sessions, we’ll collaborate to help you through the challenging process of achieving change. You’re unique and your sessions should be unique, too. I utilize a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, relational therapy, and motivational interviewing to help you rediscover personal strengths and foster supportive relationships with healthy boundaries. ​I try to be authentic and down-to-earth, and believe humor can be both a gentle and powerful healing force. Come prepared to laugh a little!


It’s easy to get impatient and want big improvements in a small amount of time, but change is a gradual process. It took time for unhealthy patterns and relationships to become normalized, and it will take time for us to replace them with healthy and empowering ideas and patterns. Through our therapeutic relationship, we can rebuild your ability to cope when life challenges you, now and in the future.

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable
can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings,
they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”

— Fred Rogers

I’m a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and my Master of Social Work degree comes from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois, and a Certified Addictions-Informed Mental Health Professional (CHAIMP).


As both therapist and clinical supervisor at Bodhi Counseling I know the value in supporting fellow therapists in their day-to-day challenges and growth. I’ve worked for an inpatient hospital, an opioid treatment clinic, and as a therapist in general practices specializing in anxiety, depression, life transitions, substance use recovery, and LGBTQ+ support. 


Like most C-U townies, I can give you directions to places using local landmarks, but not street names. I’m a patron of several YouTube “let’s play” channels, and they allow me to enjoy great videogames while ignoring my inability to play them myself. Also, I probably have too many houseplants.

At Bodhi Counseling & Consulting we promote the values of diversity, equality, inclusion, and justice.
Our therapists are LGBTQ+ affirming and always strive to maintain and grow our cultural competence.
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