Licensed Professional Counselor
My heart developed a passion for counseling when I was in college with the notion I could assist people in overcoming obstacles to find a sense of healing and new beginning from hardships experienced.
As my education progressed, I found myself working primarily with trauma victims, particularly women with history of emotional/physical/sexual abuse and adolescents who were forced into sex trafficking. My trauma work additionally expanded to veterans and those going through a painful loss.
Majority of my clients reported feeling a lack of control, low self-esteem, unshakeable sadness, intense worry, isolation, and a sense of feeling trapped within their own body, which for some led to self-harm or unhealthy eating patterns. Many simply tried to survive the day. Knowing what it’s like to suffer and work through anxiety myself, I wanted to provide them with a sense of peace and freedom; the ability to enjoy life and be present with loved ones without fear interceding. To transition from surviving, to thriving, answering the question, “Will things ever get better?”
I began to do research, reading books and attending classes/workshops to find techniques and evidenced based therapies that would best serve my clients. One of those most influential therapies I’ve been trained in is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This therapy is most notable for alleviating symptoms of trauma or a distressing life experience, as well as the more common memories often associated with low self-esteem, anxiety, and stress.
As someone who has been through the process of overcoming anxiety, I understand. That’s why I’m honored to support and walk alongside those courageous to seek guidance in becoming the best versions of themselves.
When scheduling an appointment, please ask for Chelsea McDonald.