Kelsey is a Registered Art Therapist whom recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest area. She's provided services on both a national & international scale. Kelsey also completed her first publication as a Contributing Author in “Complicated Grief, Attachment, and Art Therapy: Theory, Treatment, and 14 Ready-to-Use Protocols”, a scholary book written by Briana MacWilliam MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT & contracted with Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Her chapter outlines application and practice procedures with data collected from her Study on therapeutic treatment for survivors of trauma/ domestic violence with single Mothers living in an Emergency Shelter.
After returning back to the States from a two-month long Art Therapy Mission trip in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Kelsey worked as a Group Art Therapist at GenPsych, PC in New Jersey. She provided the following services across 4 different agency locations:
She worked with high-risk youth and adolescents in Partial Care, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient evening programs - from Dialectical Behavior Therapy-informed (DBT), Mindfulness-based, & psychodynamic Art Therapeutic approaches. In addition, she facilitated Relationships, Communication Skills, Seeking Safety, and skills-based Art Therapy groups with adults seeking treatment in the following Partial Care and Intensive Outpatient programs: Substance Abuse/ Dual Diagnosis, General Mental Health, Anxiety, Trauma, DBT, and very briefly with the Eating Disorder Unit.
Kelsey graduated first in her class with Distinction from Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, New York, obtaining a Masters Degree in Art Therapy & Creativity Development in 2016. She acquired additional Professional Development Credits during her time in Northern Ireland in the Summer of 2015, where she learned from certified Art Psychotherapists within the NIGAT Community. In 2014, Kelsey received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design located in Savannah, Georgia.
Kelsey's internships have given her extensive and varied experience as an art therapist in clinical and emergency crisis shelter settings. At SAFE in Hunterdon, she provided both in-home and outreach services by facilitating group and individual art therapy for adult and children survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. She assisted clients within PALS, a unique children's arts therapy program, SAFE Confidential Housing, and Adult Women's Crisis Intervention and Support Groups.
At Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, she provided individual and group therapy services within the Adult Outpatient Department and Child Outpatient Department. Kelsey led groups in additional programs such as the Dual Recovery Intensive Outpatient Service Program (DRIOS) for adults recovering from substance abuse among other co-occurring disorders, and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Department for high-risk teenagers recently discharged from hospitalization.
Her creative focus is on the juxtaposition of traditionally rendered portraits with mixed media by incorporating elements of fiber art, natural materials, and found objects.