Greetings! My name is Kelsey, and I believe that all beings deserve to feel deeply connected to themselves, to others, and to the world around us. Therapy offers us an opportunity to tend to these connections and to find empowerment within them.
Finding a therapist who you can feel comfortable to be your authentic self with on this journey is incredibly important, so I’d like to share with you a bit about myself. I was born and raised in Ohio, with a deep curiosity for the intricate ways we humans move through life. That curiosity has taken me far beyond my hometown borders in my search for connection and understanding, and led me to Portland in 2020. My journey and the many humans I’ve met along the way have imbued in me a profound reverence for the unique perspectives of all groups and individuals, and a deep belief in our abilities to connect, understand, and learn from one another across categories and identities.
My therapeutic style is intimate, compassionate, and interactive, with a dash of humor and a sprinkling of science-enthusiasm. My work is centered in mindfulness and the mind-body connection, parts work, attachment theory, and a systems-based perspective. These frameworks help facilitate the reduction of blame and shame, guilt, and should-haves. This allows us to focus on nonjudgmental understanding of the experiences that have made you into who you are, the survival mechanisms that live behind your movements, and how you can offer yourself compassion through it all.
I work most effectively with clients who are seeking connection and understanding, who are curious and open-minded, who are willing to experiment with things like meditation and philosophical pondering, and who are interested in exploring and integrating all parts of their experiences. I’ve found that clients can achieve their greatest potential when they are active and curious explorers and collaborators in their therapeutic journeys, when they are open to connecting with their inner and embodied wisdom, and when they understand that healing is often a non-linear journey.
Therapy is healing for the self and soul, for our relationships, and for our global community. I look forward to your company on this shared path to discovery, connection, growth, and healing.
- Masters of Science, Mental Health Counseling (May 2020)
- Bachelors of Art, East Asian Studies (May 2014)
- Trauma Competency Training (December 2018)
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (January 2019)
- Narrative Exposure Therapy, Introduction (March 2019)
- Suicide to Hope (s2H) (April 2019)
- Psychological First Aid (PFA) (April 2019)
- Social Justice in Counseling (October 2019, February 2020)
- QPR Training (November 2019)
- DIR 101 (Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based Model) (January-February 2020)
- Demystifying Ethics and Law for Telebehavioral Health (December 2020)
- Deconstructing Anxiety (May 2021)