Marriage and Family Specialists

Shelby Riley, M.S., LMFT

Owner and Director at SR&A

Shelby Riley's headshot Shelby Riley graduated with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Pennsylvania. Ms. Riley has been practicing for over fifteen years and specializes in couple therapy and sand tray and play therapy with adolescents and children. While at Virginia Tech, she studied under Eliana Gil, one of the leading therapists in the field of play therapy.

She worked in an outpatient group practice in La Mesa, CA, serving individuals, couples and families, and was the clinical director for a large day treatment program for emotionally disturbed adolescents in Chula Vista, CA. Ms. Riley served as a disaster relief crisis counselor during the San Diego wildfires in 2003 and as an EAP therapist for the San Diego Sheriff's Department and the North County Fire Department. She also served as the clinical consultant for Canyon View Christian Fellowship's children's ministry team and was the key-note speaker at their Children's Summit trainings in 2004 and 2005. She served clients as a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in San Diego, CA until relocating to Pennsylvania to bring her family closer to extended family living along the East Coast in 2005. She opened a private practice in Pennsylvania in 2006, and expanded to a group practice in 2011. She is now the owner and director of a private group practice in Chester Springs, PA. Ms. Riley presents at trainings and workshops for the public and for other mental health professionals, including a presentation at AAMFT's Leadership Conference in 2014. She is presenting a model for treating anxiety at the AAMFT Annual Conference in Austin in September 2015. In addition to therapy, Ms. Riley also provides clinical supervision and professional practice building coaching to other therapists.

Ms. Riley is a clinical fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is on the Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (PAMFT) Board of Directors. She served as the PAMFT Regional Director for Chester County from 2006 until 2009, as President-Elect from 2009 through 2011, as President from 2012-2013, and as Past-President for 2014. She now serves as a Director at Large for PAMFT.

Ms. Riley has been interviewed for KidsHealth Magazine, Parents Express Magazine, and MainLine Today as a specialist in family and relationship issues and by Psychotherapy Financial for expert practice-building techniques. She has a monthly expert column on and contributes to other family oriented websites. She is the author of two books: Five Secrets to Better Communication, and Assignments for Couples, a workbook to increase intimacy and relationship satisfaction. She currently offers daytime and evening appointments and is committed to providing her clients with the highest quality of care and individualized services. Ms. Riley was voted "Best Therapist" in the 2011 Best of Main Line Media News Reader's Choice Awards:

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