Chelsea Chojnacki, LMHC
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I am an LGBTQ+-affirming and identified therapist with specialty in ethical nonmonogamy and polyamorous relationships. I also have extensive experience helping clients navigate trauma, depression, anxiety, and thoughts or behaviors related to self-harm.
Hello there; I'm Chelsea of Creating Cohesion Counseling! I use she/her/hers pronouns.
Are you feeling like your life has been more difficult to manage than it used to be? Do you feel like there is something or multiple things holding you back from feeling content with your life? There are so many things we as humans are constantly juggling to keep a balanced and fulfilling life. In my work with clients, I help you to make sense of the chaos and get to a balance that works for you. Be it depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family issues, past traumas… they all impact and influence our ability to make it through the day. I provide a space of empathy, compassion, and an outside perspective to help find blind spots or reframe meaning. Whether you've been in therapy before or this is your first time, I strive to create a collaborative partnership meant to empower you and start to feel in control again.
I would broadly identify myself as "sex-positive" and consider this a strong area of interest. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community myself, I am affirming to and welcome all sexual identities and genders. I am also polyamory/ethical non-monogamy affirming and have personal experience with navigating this relationship style. Much of my clinical experience has been within community mental health, so I have also received significant training in and have experience with various traumatic experiences.
At first session, you can expect to review the intake form you've submitted so that I can be sure I have a clear picture and full understanding about you as a person. Intake forms are a helpful rubric, but no form can fully articulate all that makes you "you." As we begin our work together, we will begin building trust and developing the dynamic that works best. One universal expectation of therapy is that you will need to find ways to bring therapy out of the office. There are 168 hours in a week, and you and I get one. If you're not sure what that looks like, we can figure out what works for you. Once we have figured out how we work together best, we will be in a place to hone in on unraveling the tangle.
My approach is client-focused, and the relationship between you and I influences the methods and approaches I use. I pull from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Interpersonal frameworks most often, with other specific tools or exercises appropriate to your unique needs. I tend to naturally lean to a nondirective approach, but feel comfortable with being more directive. I am not a highly-confrontational therapist, but you can expect that I may gently push or challenge what feels comfortable if we discover a roadblock to your growth and success. In these instances, I welcome you to express any concerns you have so we can work through it together. I understand getting pushed can feel scary or uncomfortable, so let's unpack it!
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Family Conflict
- Gender Identity
- Sex And/Or Pornography Addiction
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Identity
- Stress/Stress Management
- Suicide Loss
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma-Informed Therapy