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Shaylyn Forte Philadelphia Therapist

Get to Know Me

People come to me for help when they're feeling stuck. The negative self-talk won't stop, the feelings of overwhelm and shame outweigh the feelings of peace and pride, and they can't seem to change that on their own. Oftentimes they’ve struggled to connect with past therapists and didn’t get the results or relief they were looking for. Perhaps you can relate?​

If you choose to work together, you’ll find that I am relatable, understanding, and effective.  I’ll role-model authenticity and self-acceptance in our sessions to help you get comfortable in your own skin too. I feel grateful and privileged to be trusted with hearing your most vulnerable experiences and insecurities. Because of this, I’ll treat you with the care and empathy you deserve.​

We will build a relationship based on trust, open communication, and mutual respect. My goal is for our relationship to feel safe and secure. Together, we'll take a look at the experiences from your past that are contributing to your current struggles.  As we process these experiences, you'll learn to let go of the baggage from your past and accept yourself. The beautiful thing about therapy is that our relationship also becomes a tool for healing. When you can show up to therapy feeling authentic, connected, and valued you’re that much closer to self-acceptance!

If you feel we'll work well together, I encourage you to reach out. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and learning how I can help you feel better.

Why I Became a Therapist

I decided to become a helper because throughout my life, people have helped me.  I struggled with intense and debilitating anxiety beginning in high school and had difficulty maintaining healthy relationships, both with friends and romantic partners, throughout my life. Just like any other human being, I’ve had my fair share of life transitions to navigate. From graduating school, to starting new jobs, to dealing with breakups, and losing loved ones, I know that life is not easy. 

I understand the value of a good therapist, because it wasn’t until I started working with someone I connected well with that I started to feel relief.  Through my time in therapy, I learned that often beneath anxiety and depression are self-esteem issues, and often beneath self-esteem issues are past experiences that we never fully healed from. I'm further along in my healing journey, and feel a lot better than I did in my 20s. I like myself, am able to be authentic in relationships, and feel more comfortable setting boundaries. I want to help you feel the relief that comes from processing your past baggage too.

Education & Experience

After graduating from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services, I decided to further my education in pursuit of my ultimate goal- becoming a therapist.  I continued with my education at The Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a master's degree in Counselor Education in 2014.


My clinical experience includes working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with clients who have anxiety, depression, low self esteem, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, substance use disorders, and eating disorders.

Since becoming licensed as a professional counselor in 2017, I have dedicated my practice to helping clients learn how to cope with and heal their anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.  I completed training in eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in 2022 and have been using this modality as a tool for healing the effects of trauma ever since. 

On a Personal Note

Before being a therapist, I am first and foremost a human being. I love being outdoors (if you couldn't tell from my website photos) and enjoy hiking and gardening.  I also enjoy working with my hands through woodworking, sewing, and other arts-and-crafts projects. I love animals and recently started volunteering with potbellied pigs. Last but certainly not least, I am a dog-mom to two naughty but adorable dogs.

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