Aja Shelton, Intern

Meet Aja Shelton, Intern

Hi, my name is Aja Shelton, and I am so excited to work at Northwest EMDR as one of Vanessa Graff’s interns! I have a Master’s in Education from the University of La Verne and am finishing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health at Grand Canyon University. Before starting this journey in
counseling, I was a junior high math teacher for over 15 years. Serving the youth and their families is a passion of mine.

My main focus is raising my three active boys with my husband while being a presence in the community. Although I am from California, I have planted roots in
the Pacific Northwest and value this season of life.

Throughout my academic and professional journey, I have developed a passion for empowering others to find their unique identity and purpose. I aim to create a supportive and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their thoughts, feelings, and aspirations.

Approach and education

During my internship, I am excited to apply evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as CBT and solution-focused approaches to address various issues. CBT techniques emphasize the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, which can foster healing. By collaboratively identifying and challenging negative thought patterns, clients can better understand themselves and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Additionally, I draw upon a solution-focused approach to help clients set realistic goals and work towards positive outcomes.


I am dedicated to fostering a collaborative and investing therapeutic relationship where clients feel heard, understood, and empowered to heal and make meaningful life choices.

“Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.”

— Noam Shpancer, PhD