Chelsea O'Day-Navis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan

Chelsea O'Day-Navis, MA, LPC, CCTP

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Chelsea, LPC, is a Contemplative Psychotherapist specializing in working with the LGBTQIA+ community, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, gender/identity, life transitions/adjustment issues, and developmental disabilities.

I believe that every person is fundamentally good and well. I believe that every person has a powerful story to tell. In the work of counseling, we do not achieve or earn our wellness, we recover it. My passion is to help folks bravely move the barriers that prevent them from experiencing what is already there: clarity, ease, and wellness.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with over four years of experience in the field. I work with individuals from a trauma-informed, queer-affirming, trans-affirming, and integrative space.

My primary theoretical orientation is a blend between Relational Psychodynamic and a Buddhist-founded approach called Contemplative Psychotherapy. However, I may incorporate a variety of other styles and techniques depending on your individual needs. These include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family Systems.

While I'm very inspired by Buddhism, you need not be Buddhist to benefit from Contemplative Psychotherapy. The overarching goal of this approach is to increase self-awareness and improve well-being. While many traditional western therapies aim to help people move toward a new state of being, the contemplative approach is to help you to uncover and tap-into what's been here all along, your intrinsic, unshakable wellness.

During our sessions, you can expect me to take time to get to know you and learn all about your strengths and resilience alongside the struggles that may be bringing you to therapy. We will learn about the human brain and nervous system so that you feel like you can understand what's happening in your mind and body. We will also look at thoughts, feelings, and sensations that arise in therapy in order to work directly in the present moment. I may invite you to notice what is happening here-and-now with curiosity and compassion. Showing up for yourself is challenging and so worth it.

I received a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Naropa University in 2017. My undergraduate degree (and first love) is Social Work, which I obtained from West Virginia University in 2013. My specific master's degree training is rooted in a three year program; Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology.

For 5 years in Colorado, I worked for a non-profit organization serving folks who face cognitive and developmental challenges and disabilities, Autistic folks/folks with Autism, and adults with traumatic brain injuries. In this organization I have worn many hats in various departments. I celebrate neurodiversity and reject the medical perspectives of neurological “normalcy.”

Whether you are looking for support through a trying time, wishing to increase your mindfulness, or are finally ready to address chronic patterns and conditions, I look forward to our collaboration.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Lgbtqia+

Faith Based Specialties

  • Atheism/Agnosticism
  • Buddhism

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$80.00 - $130.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Cash, Check, Health Savings Account (HSA), Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Licensed Professional Counselor
Professional Certification(s)
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
MA Mental Health Counseling