Chelsea York

Mental Health Therapist
Brief info

Hello! My name is Chelsea and it’s so nice to meet you! I recognize that taking the step to participate in therapy can seem overwhelming, but I wholeheartedly believe that therapy doesn’t have to be a scary place, but a safe place for you to explore how you can go from a state of surviving to thriving.

I started out my career pursuing elementary education. I spent over three years in my undergraduate program actively working with students in the public schools. During that time, I realized that many of the barriers to learning my students experienced were not just academic, but other issues such as poverty, difficult family dynamics, and struggles with mental health. I became interested in learning about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), how these impact children long-term, and finding out if the effects could be reversible. I had the realization that I was more interested in the whole-being of the child rather than only the academic side of things.

While changing my major and finishing out my undergraduate degree, I started working at a shelter for victims of domestic violence doing crisis intervention and assisting their residential program. While it could be intense work at times, I fell in love with being a person of refuge during someone’s hardest moments in life. During this time, I also had the incredible opportunity to intern abroad with a non-profit organization in Romania. I interned at a community center in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the country. I was able to learn from social workers there about their relational approaches to support children and families. Between this trip and my job at the shelter, this is when I truly felt the call to go into social work.

I went on to complete my Master’s in Social work through the University of Denver. During that program, I spent a year at a foster care and adoption agency assisting their programs and doing case management. Additionally, I spent a year as a mental health intern at another non-profit doing equine-assisted learning, equine-assisted psychotherapy, and mental health therapy for children, teens, and young adults. I especially enjoyed my time there learning how to incorporate animals into therapeutic interventions.

After graduating with my MSW, I worked as a school social worker in the Center Grove School District. I worked in 4 different schools ranging from grades K-12. Much of my job involved mental health crisis intervention and working with students on life skills, such as emotional regulation and social skills. I loved building relationships with students and seeing their progression over time.

I love the therapeutic process and to see the lightbulb moments when clients learn and apply practical skills and solutions to their lives to get “unstuck.” I practice from a person-centered and strengths-based perspective, meaning that I believe you already have many positive attributes, resources, and solutions to bring to the table. I love working with children especially and believe children learn best through play and other creative modes of therapy such as incorporating nature, animals, music, and art.

My passions include working with children and youth of all ages on topics such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, self-esteem, complex trauma, healthy relationships, and foster care/adoption. With an undergraduate degree in Intercultural Studies, I also love building cross-cultural relationships and enjoy working with immigrant and refugee populations.

When I am not supporting clients, you can find me hanging out with my husband, our two kiddos who we’ve been fostering for a year and a half, and our two lab-mix dogs (it’s never a dull moment!). I love traveling, playing music, and hiking. I look forward to the possibility of working with you and your family!