A Trusted Reproductive Mental Health Clinician
Specializing in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders/Infertility
I have availability to see Third Party Reproduction patients for the psychoeducational meeting required by your Reproductive Endocrinologist/ Fertility Center. I am currently unable to see new therapy patients. Please reach out to these trusted colleagues if you would like to be seen sooner…
Shellie Fidell brings over 25 years of experience working in various settings such as Barnes-Jewish Hospital, private practice, and group practice.
Shellie specializes in Women's Issues including Perinatal Mood Disorders (pregnancy and postpartum depression/adjustment), pregnancy and infant loss, panic and anxiety disorders as well as infertility stress.
Shellie graduated in 1994 from Washington University with her Master’s in Social Work and then completed her postgraduate training at the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute graduating from their Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program.
Shellie's quotes have been published in national magazines such as Working Woman, Parents Magazine, Fit Pregnancy, as well as St. Louis Women's Magazine. She has been interviewed by NPR and many local radio stations as well as appeared regularly on KMOV-TV's Great Day St. Louis for several years.
Founder of St. Louis Area PMAD Providers Consult Group
Member of American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Member of American society for Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Group
Member of Postpartum Support International
Member National Association of Social Workers
Member of alumni organization of St. Louis Psychoanalytic Society
Women's Healthcare Partnership
Dr. Diane Sanford
General information on PPD at
Postpartum Support International (PSI) at
Pacific Postpartum Support Society at
The Postpartum Stress Center at
The Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation
American Psychological Association
What questions should I ask my insurance company?
Call the number on the back of your insurance card for the benefits department. Write down every answer you receive. Don't be intimidated. Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand.
Ask to speak to a supervisor if you are not happy with the answers you are getting. You'll need careful records later if the company fails to follow through with what they've told you.
- What is your name and extension number?
- Does my policy cover out-of-network, licensed clinical social workers?
- My therapist is willing to provide a statement of session dates attended, the CPT code, and the diagnosis. Is this acceptable to the insurance company?
- Does my policy cover individual psychotherapy? (CPT Code 90834)
- What mental health diagnoses are not reimbursable?
- How many sessions are covered per year?
- What is the lifetime maximum for mental health benefits?
- What is my out-of-network deductible?
- What is the allowed amount of the fee?
a. Individual Session (CPT Code 90834):
- What percent of the allowed amount will be reimbursed?
- How do I file a claim?