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Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Tucson, AZ and Albuquerque, NM.


Shelly has been a mindfulness meditation instructor for over 30 years and has led workshops and trainings throughout the U.S. and Canada since 1985. Shelly offers continuing education seminars to mental health professionals, classes for the general public, and has presented in over 100 U.S. cities for both Cross Country Education and PESI Healthcare.

Welcome to Present Solutions

I offer innovative mindfulness meditation strategies suitable for those interested in significant transformation of mind-body suffering.  Although I am a psychotherapist, you do not have to experience mental illness in order to greatly benefit from my work.

The foundation of my approach is the unique Unified Mindfulness System developed by Shinzen Young, an internationally respected mindfulness teacher. The system stands apart from all other mindfulness methods taught, making use of a labeling approach that provides a grounding structure.  I offer an alternative therapeutic approach to decreasing suffering and elevating fulfillment with an emphasis on transforming the present rather than analyzing the past which is often the focus of many traditional therapeutic models.  Clients find that past negative experiences  come forth, influencing the quality of the present moment.  But it is there, in the NOW, where  the suffering can be radically and permanently transformed with the Unified Mindfulness System strategies.  I have found that for many clients, the addition of Unified Mindfulness Exposure Desensitization (UMED) leads to an even greater transformative outcome.   

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In When Therapy Doesn’t Work: A Mindfulness Guide to Emotional
, Shelly Young, psychotherapist, and meditation teacher Shinzen
Young, apply the principles of Unified Mindfulness to emotional healing and
transformation. Drawn from tried-and-tested therapeutic practices, this
book is filled with easy-to-follow techniques to successfully overcome
trauma, anxiety, addictions, panic, compulsive behavior and a variety of
other mental health challenges.
This book offers Unified Mindfulness as a self-help tool for readers who are
suffering from trauma, addictions and anxiety but have struggled to
engage with traditional forms of therapy. Not only are these techniques
unique, they are also uniquely effective, with the power to combat harmful
mental, emotional and behavioral patterns and help readers find
freedom within.
Whether you are struggling with your own mental health, trying to help a
loved one or looking to expand your practice as a healing professional, this
book contains the tools you need to escape old stories, unwind suffering
and rediscover joy in each day.
Shelly Young’s innovative Release and Empowerment protocol for
addictions and negative behaviors is discussed in this book. It is presently
being researched at the SEMA Lab at the University of Arizona and the
Medical University of South Carolina.
Shelly Young’s protocol weaves cognitive, behavioral, and sensory focus
techniques together into a simple flow chart. This makes it
ideally suited for AI implementation as a free multi-lingual resource to help
people across the world to both feel better and do better. That potential is
currently being researched at the Shinzen Young foundation.
If you are a therapist or coach or just interested in guiding others in addition
to utilizing the protocol yourself, you can contact Shelly Young for personal


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I work with other addictions and negative behaviors.

There is no doubt in my mind that Shelly is on a path toward making socially significant contributions to the welfare of others. 

 — Ernest L. Rossi, PhD

Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, Los Osos, CA 


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