I believe that people are powerful. I believe that the human body and mind have the capabilities to heal themselves. I believe that life is nearly 90% struggle and challenge, and that sometimes, struggle and challenge make it difficult for people to feel powerful. I believe that when people don't feel powerful, their minds and bodies can't completely heal. I believe that everyone needs a therapist, even therapists. I believe that therapy should be less about identifying a problem, and more about identifying the strength to overcome the problem. But most importantly, I believe in the power of meeting a person wherever they are and walking with them on their journey to provide support, compassion, and education.
I grew up in the Detroit suburbs on a small farm surrounded by corn fields and apple orchards. Wanting to see more of the world, I moved to Boston immediately after high school to pursue music, only to find that social justice was more of my passion. After struggling to find the right fit for several years, I finally graduated with a bachelor's in social work and moved to Denver to obtain my masters. In Denver I learned about the power of trauma informed care, the support of animals, and the healing powers of being outside. I moved back to Michigan to bring a positive impact to my community.
I typically utilize two specific models- cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy to provide support, validation, and help develop increased control over thoughts and emotions that impede daily life. I have been trained as a trauma therapist and pair these modalities with the Triphasic model of trauma treatment to support those that have experienced a trauma rediscover their strengths and identity in life. My goal in working with clients is to support them in developing the skills necessary to reduce symptoms, and then re-evaluate underlying thinking and environmental patterns that are continuing the symptom cycle.
Faith is one of the greatest strengths a person can have in their lives. From a personal standpoint, my faith has drawn me to this profession time and again, and often guides the work that I do. As a therapist, being able to support the faith of those that I work with and use my journey as a tool to provide perspective is extremely valuable.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder
LMSW #6801097143 (Expires: 2020-04-30)
My experience has been wonderful. Kelsey is intuitive and helpful. She is bringing me around to a way of defining myself that is not so harsh and lonely.