Kelsey is originally from Savannah, Georgia. She obtained her Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas Tech University. Prior to that, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Education, Writing, and Philosophy from Georgia Southern University. Kelsey started her counseling career working with incarcerated children and teens involved with the Texas Juvenile Justice System.
Additionally, she has counseled children and adolescents in elementary, middle, and high school who were experiencing behavioral and emotional concerns as well as children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Kelsey is currently working towards her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential. She is receiving specialized training and supervision in play therapy and sandtray therapy which effectively promotes healing at all ages. She is a founding member of the International Association for Sandtray therapy.
Her areas of focus include:
Children & Teens: anxiety, mood disorders, suicidal ideation, self-harm, self-esteem, disordered eating, obsessive-compulsive disorder, conduct disorder, substance abuse, bullying, career counseling, foster care/adoption, shame, perfectionism
Women’s Issues: anxiety, depression, pregnancy/postpartum, career, domestic violence, family-of-origin issues
Trauma: sexual abuse, human trafficking, physical/emotional abuse, medical trauma
Identity: Spirituality, Sexuality, Gender, Culture
Kelsey uses an integrative approach in therapy and primarily practices from a humanistic theoretical perspective, while also drawing from cognitive behavioral therapy and expressive approaches in order to facilitate lasting change. She uses traditional talk and non-verbal therapies in order to empower clients in a way that is free of shame as they process the difficulties of life and create new meaning. Her use of these experiential therapies allows individuals to more fully express and work through the complexities of their experiences.
Kelsey strongly believes in incorporating a client’s values, belief systems, and cultural identity in order to create a safe space and tailored treatment to help clients be as successful as possible. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, white water rafting, and creating art.
Kelsey is practicing under the supervision of Jennifer Wilmoth, LMFT in the GROW Suwanee office.