Chelsea utilizes a relational based approach to support students’ development of self-awareness and personal responsibility. Her therapeutic approach is founded in the belief that individuals possess the skills necessary to self-heal within the proper environment. She often promotes students to experiment by engaging in constructive risks and incorporates components of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness, somatic body work, and artistic expression in her work with students. She enjoys providing people with tools that will help heal themselves. With expanded awareness, comes authentic expression and new understanding of blind-spots, negative patterns, and trauma.
The thread throughout her career has been working with people. Prior to earning her Master’s in Social Work from Portland State, she earned her BS in Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Management with a concentration in leadership from Indiana University. Chelsea spent several years working with adolescents, young adults, and older adults in residential and outdoor settings across the country as a guide and mentor. She joined the Dragonfly team in 2014 and since that time has served as a mentor, adventures coordinator, academic, and vocational coordinator.
Her two four-legged companions, Ranger and Scout, often accompany her to work and offer support, comfort, and unconditional positive regard to students throughout the day. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor adventures, photography, yoga, art, and tacos.