Richelle (Shelly) Drowne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) on our Integrated Behavioral Health team. BHCs at Community Care Physicians are mental health providers, and many are embedded within our practices working side by side with your doctor and health care team in delivering you the best "whole person" healthcare possible. Shelly is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Shelly has always been fascinated with how people think and act. In high school, she took a psychology course which solidified her decision to pursue that field of medicine. A mix of personal experience and genuine passion for that field led Shelly to a career as a mental health counselor. She enjoys seeing clients progress toward their goals, whether it's a huge "breakthrough" or a "small success." Moreover, Shelly likes getting to know so many unique individuals with their own stories and views.
The most important thing to Shelly is maintaining a comfortable environment and having honest communication. No one can know exactly what another person has gone through/is going through, but still, she strives to understand a client's perspective and meet them where they're at. Shelly respects each person's unique experience and believes a strong therapeutic relationship is key in making progress.
Shelly is a field advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She participates in their events, such as the Out of the Darkness walks, Walk for R.I.T.A., and corresponds with government officials regularly to advocate for positive policy changes. Shelly loves spending time with her dog, Cider, and enjoys a good book, TV show, or video game in her spare time. She also tries to stay active by running, hiking, or kayaking.
The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York, Master of Science in Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Integrated Behavioral Health