Kelsey is from the suburbs of Chicago where she was born and raised. She received her Masters in Social Work from Portland State University and her B.A. in neuroscience from Carthage College in Wisconsin. Kelsey has experience working with Children’s Behavioral Health Services providing developmental and behavioral in-home services for children, adolescence, and their families. After graduating from Carthage College, Kelsey moved to Oregon to work in wilderness therapy. Soon after she found Dragonfly Transitions where she worked as a mentor for 3 years. Working as a mentor fueled her desire to continue her education, and after graduating with a Master’s in Social Work, Kelsey also worked as a counselor at Oregon Tech before returning to Dragonfly.
Kelsey views clients through a trauma informed, client centered lens. She recognizes that all areas of life help shape who a person is, including their successes, their failures, and their relationships. She uses a multifaceted approach when working with students that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution focus, and motivational interviewing. Kelsey’s dogs, Ivy and Moxy, help students during their journey at Dragonfly as well.
Kelsey was a wilderness guide in Wisconsin and Oregon for 8 years. She also works with children and families in the community through the Department of Human services. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outdoors, white water rafting, bonfires, wake boarding, cooking, spending time with her friends, and hiking with her dogs.