About me

Hello, I am Dr. Shelia Williamson Collins, PhD, NCC, LCMHC, CCMHC, LCAS, CCS, MAC, a board certified clinical mental health counselor and addiction counselor with over 17 years of experience in behavioral health and over 8 years as a substance abuse professional. I am licensed as a clinical counselor in the states of North Carolina, Illinois, and Alaska. I have a PhD in General Psychology from Northcentral University. I also have a Master's degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Chicago State University. I am certified as a clinical mental health counselor and master addiction specialist.

I have worked in an adult inpatient psychiatric unit, outpatient behavioral clinic, community-based mental health services, and residential substance abuse treatment programs. My counseling style is person-centered. I have a diverse therapeutic approach to counseling. However, my primary approach includes cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. I specialize in mood disorders, anger management, addictions education, and relapse prevention.

I provide individual and couples counseling and psychotherapy. The primary theoretical orientations I use are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. However, Cognitive/ Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Directive Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Client-centered Therapy, Solution-oriented Therapy, and Psycho-educational Therapy are utilized when appropriate. The techniques used are empty-chair technique, therapeutic games, role-play, grief work, therapeutic homework, guided imagery, problem-solving, confrontation, insight, and crisis intervention. I am competent in each of the theoretical orientations and techniques used.

Please let me know if you would prefer weekly sessions; and I will do my best to accommodate.

I believe that everyone has a story to tell; and I am here to listen. Giving voice to your concerns and issues is the first step to healing. We can accomplish this together.

It would be my honor to work with you to assist you in reaching your healthy goals.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma, Abuse
  • Anger management
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Caregiver issues and stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Years of Experience: 14

Services offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


NC LCMHC 10148

AK LPC 172820

IL LCPC 180009872


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Shelia Williamson Collins. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Regain might be different.

Written on Jun 13, 2024 after therapy with Shelia for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Shelia had been wonderful in accommodating our scheduling needs. She is a patient listener and has offered valuable perspective, advice and tools

Written on Nov 21, 2023 after therapy with Shelia for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

After our first session I could instantly tell she has a lot of wisdom and experience helping people in similar situations. I am excited to continue this journey with her and my partner!

Written on Oct 17, 2023 after therapy with Shelia for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

I dont have any complaints about her. She reaches out to check on us frequently as well. When we did talk on the phone, she was very straight forward and took her time to make sure she could identify the problem.

Written on Nov 27, 2022 after therapy with Shelia for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

I've had a few therapist in the past, I have had therapist who listened to me really well but couldn't quite give me the advice I need to solve my problem, and therapist who is abrasive and listen poorly, Dr. collins listens to your stories and validate your values even if it doesn't line up with hers, she sees where you are coming from, and if you and your spouse desire to make things work and you are ready to break your habit and change, she can take you there.

Written on Apr 07, 2021 after therapy with Shelia for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Excellent, i am very pleased with Dr. Williamson Collins, my partner and I are not in the same household and she’s made it very easy for us to coordinate sessions, she’s super insightful snd I couldn’t ask for a better one!

Written on Nov 13, 2020 after therapy with Shelia for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Dr. Williamson Collins is one of the most professional and honest counselors I have ever worked with. She is kind, gracious, and highly qualified.

Work with me!