Michelle “Dr. Shelley” Wankmuller earned her Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University and her baccalaureate degree in Human Development from Cornell University. She is a licensed psychologist in the sta te of New Jersey who provides individual therapy (to children, adolescents, and adults), couples counseling, and parenting support. Dr. Shelley specializes in mood and anxiety disorders and has extensive experience treating bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, emotion regulation, and low self-worth. She provides insight-oriented, behaviorally-focused therapy to individuals with a history of trauma, loss, substance abuse, and self-injurious behavior. Dr. Shelley utilizes an eclectic therapeutic approach, incorporating her background in lifespan development and training in psycho-dynamic and interpersonal therapies into her clinical work, which also includes empirically-supported cognitive-behavioral techniques.
Before joining Bergen Psychological Services, Dr. Shelley taught undergraduate courses in Intro, Developmental, Abnormal, and Social Psychology at the New School University and Montclair State University. In addition, she has worked with male and female veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs in New York and New Jersey, conducted psychotherapy and psychological assessment with children at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, trained in behavioral and neuro-psychological assessment, and participated in research at the Bipolar Disorders Clinic of New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.