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About Chelsea


“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.

On a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing"

- Arundhati Roy

About Chelsea, Professional and Personal

Hello! My name is Chelsea (she/her) and I am a licensed therapist, expressive arts therapist, and eco (nature-based) therapist. I have worked with a diversity of people in a variety of human services settings since 2008 doing administration, program development, case management, and therapy. In this time, I have witnessed the change possible in therapeutic relationships. I am grateful to each who has trusted me with coming alongside them.

On a more personal note, I value my roles as a partner, mother, and community member. My own experiences of trauma and oppression inform my work, as well as my ongoing commitment to racial and environmental justice as a white settler. I love living in the Santa Cruz mountains and making time to learn, camp, swim, quilt, mushroom hunt, and engage my spiritual practices. I am excited to work outside, where I find peace, beauty, and wisdom.

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  • Certified Grief Informed Professional, Evergreen Certifications, 2024

  • Certificate in Ecotherapy, The Earth Body Institute, 2022

  • Training in Psychological Evaluations for Asylum and Other Immigration Cases, 2021

  • CA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 2020

  • MA in Counseling Psychology, focus in Expressive Arts Therapy, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016

  • BA in Religious Studies, Westmont College, 2009

Professional Experience

  • Path Mental Health, Independent Contractor

  • Psychological Evaluator for Immigration Court

  • DivaDiversity, School-based and Wellness Center Counselor

  • Victor Treatment Center, Residential Clinician

  • East Bay Community Recovery Project, Residential Counselor

  • Edgewood Center for Children and Families, Therapeutic Arts and Enrichment Specialist

  • Program Assistant, San Francisco Family Treatment Court

  • Family Law Examiner Assistant, Family Law Self-Help Center

  • Administrative Assistant, Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing

  • Live-In Volunteer Intern, Raphael House Family Homeless Shelter

  • Program Coordinator, Community Access Project at PathPoint

  • Multi-Faith Chaplain, Sojourn Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital

Advanced Trainings, Certifications, and Conferences

  • Wilderness and Remote First Aid Certification, American Red Cross, 2023

  • Survival Skills Certification, Coyne Survival Schools, 2023 

  • Somatic Experiencing Introduction

  • LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Seeking Safety

  • Racial Trauma Conference

  • Poetry Therapy:  The Reclamation of Deep Language

  • Sandplay Therapy

  • Art Therapy and the Neuroscience of Relationships, Creativity, and Resilience

  • Expressive Arts Therapy: An Intermodal Arts-Based Approach

  • Substance Abuse

  • Crisis and Suicide Prevention

  • Recovery from Human Trafficking

  • Movement-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy

  • Expressive Arts Therapy and Trauma

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