Brewer Counseling, LLC
Learn. Grow. Thrive.
Hello! I’m Kelsey
Licensed Professional Counselor
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2013 and my Master of Science in Clinical Psychology in 2015. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), I am trained to help anyone with a wide variety of psychological or mental health struggles. I specialize in trauma therapy and am certified to provide EMDR therapy.
In a therapy session, my goal is to create a safe, calm, and comfortable space for you to express yourself. Therapy is built on a foundation of trust between me, as your therapist, and you.
Group therapy provides many the opportunity to work through a problem, see that they are not alone, and receive support from others.
Over the course of my career, I have worked in a variety of places. This has afforded me the opportunity to work with a variety of people and psychological issues.
Trauma / PTSD
Trauma is an event or series of events that you have a hard time dealing with and can be overwhelming at times. Symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, lack of trust in others, and feeling scared a majority of the time. Whether it is past or present, we will get through it together.
It’s not just feeling sad. It includes having little to no energy, problems with weight, and having trouble seeing the positive side of situations. I can help you focus on more positive things in life and get you going again so that life looks more like what you want it to be.
This is more than just your everyday stress. This is worrying about many different things constantly, overthinking situations, and not being able to relax no matter how much you want to. I can help you “retrain” your brain, alleviate your symptoms, and cope with anxiety on a daily basis.
Self-Esteem / Self-Confidence
Some base their worth on how good they are at something or what people think of them. These things are temporary, and your self-esteem will shatter if something goes wrong. We can grow and place your self-esteem in something that is not temporary.
These are times when you could get so overwhelmed and you need additional assistance to help you through a situation. During these times, I will use the resources at my disposal to ensure your well-being. This can include collaborating with other therapists or involving emergency services. I will walk you through every step of the way.
Women view topics through a different lens than their male counterparts and have situations which solely apply to them. During therapy, we can discuss topics such as body image, self-esteem, or Post-Partum Depression through the female lens.
Anger is an emotion that is typically avoided as we often do not know how to process it or how it will manifest. Through anger management, anger is viewed as a healthy emotion and processed in an adaptive way that can be used in everyday life.
We often start out in a career field and several things can happen: 1) your chosen path was not what you thought it would be or 2) you are wanting a change after being in your career for a while. I can help guide you during this transition in your life where you find what you are passionate about and make it something you do every day.
Developing Coping Skills
We are often faced with situations in which we have no idea what to do. We cope in ways that we already know, but sometimes the situation calls for something new. I can help you developing skills to handle whatever situation life throws at you.
Domestic Violence / Abuse
Relationships are complex and not always healthy. Sometimes, relationships turn out to be a place where you are abused, trapped, and afraid. I can help you recognize these patterns and form a way out of this situation to live a happier and healther life.
Each of us grow up learning skills that are essential to everyday life such as writing a resume, creating a budget, resolving conflicts, or cooking. I can assist you in developing these skills and others that are essential for day-to-day life.
Drug use is a way of coping with situations that involve emotions that do not want to be felt at the time. It works temporarily, but it is not a long-term solution. I can help you find resources to help you withdraw, stay sober, and help you process your emotions so that you live a healthier life.
Wheather you are headed off to college, lost your job, getting married, or have suddenly become a widow, life has many transitions that make us think twice about what life will look like in the future. I can help guide you through these transitions as you process your emotions, think about the next steps, and form a plan for the future.
Whether it be platonic, familial, or romantic, relationships are complicated. I can help you learn to communicate better which will help you be able to resolve conflicts before they even start or to solve them faster.
Self-Harm / Suicidal Ideation
Many people have thoughts of suicide at some point in their lives as things become too much. It happens more than people think. Also, people at times harm themselves as a way to cope with a situation to have control over it. It makes sense. I can help you navigate through your thoughts and find other ways to cope with your situation that will be helpful long-term and not be harmful to you.
You might not have had the best deck of cards growing up in terms of the environment you were raised in. You might not get along with your parents, siblings, or other family members, and that shows in other areas of your life. I can help guide you to figure out how you want to handle these relationships and how to improve them as well.
Abuse / Neglect
This can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss and I am sensitive to that fact. If you are currently being abused or have a history of it happening to you, both are relevant to how you live your life today. I can help you work through any past events that still get to you and help you remove yourself from a current situation.
There are people that talk about the five stages of grieving. Grief involves these stages, but it is much more complex. It’s a roller coaster with no set time table. Together, we will unearth what it is you are grieving, go through it, and grow through the experience. Grief is never completely over, but it is possible to come out the other side as a person who uses the experience as a way to grow.
What is therapy?
Therapy is a process in which a therapist and a client (you) work together as a team to resolve a problem that is bothersome. Therapy is based on a foundation of trust between you and your therapist and is considered a partnership in which you have a safe space to express yourself and your therapist is a guide to help you alleviate the problem. Whatever the problem may be, you and your therapist work together toward a solution that fits your situation.
How will therapy be helpful to me?
Therapy can be helpful to have someone provide alternate points of view on a subject that you have not thought about. Further, therapy provides a space where you can speak about the problem without judgement. Sometimes, this is more helpful than anything else. Therapy provides different options and resources that you might not have considered, and it is also a space of learning where the skills learned can be used for the rest of your life in many different situations.
What can I expect from therapy?
It has been found that once the problem is discussed initially, you tend to feel better as the weight has been lifted. After, the works begins. Ideally, this means that you could grow as a person as you are working through the problem that brought you to therapy. This could also mean that those around you change as well because the relationship dynamic between you changes. This change can be both positive and negative, and both are discussed in therapy. It is a byproduct that those in your life could change as well because you have influence over them. Put simply, by coming to therapy, you and your environment could change as a result of working on what is bothering you in your life.
What are your rates?
My current rate is $100/hour. Financial assistance is available, if needed – just let me know.
Typically, each session will last for one hour, but extra time can be added for an additional fee (billed by the half-hour).
Is therapy mandatory?
No. You can begin therapy, but decide to stop therapy at any time. I do recommend, however, that you have a conversation with your therapist about your thoughts on this prior to leaving. This conversation provides a smooth transition out of therapy (it provides an opportunity for setting up follow ups) and provides an opportunity to discuss any barriers that prevent therapy from happening.
How long will therapy last?
I cannot tell you exactly how long your therapy will last. Your therapeutic journey is your own and can take many twists and turns. Depending on what you are working on and how life affects that process, it is impossible to give a timeline. However, what I can say is that your time in session will be used wisely and will be used to further your journey towards healing.
Is therapy confidential?
Therapy is confidential except for three circumstances. First, if you discuss any instance of abuse or neglect of a child, elderly person, or person with a disability. Second, if you state that you are in imminent danger of killing yourself or someone else. Finally, if you are involved in an open court case in which your counseling records are subpoenaed by the court. All of these will be discussed further during the first session.
What if others ask about my progress in therapy?
Your progress in therapy is confidential. The few exceptions are if you are a risk to yourself or others or if you are coming to therapy because it is required of you. Otherwise, I will only talk to someone else about your therapeutic progress if you give me written permission to do so. This will be discussed in therapy as well.
How does the first session go?
The first session is a “get to know you” session. I have my intake forms on my website for you to fill out in advance so that I do not have to ask you those while meeting with you. I might have some follow up questions to your responses, but mostly, I want to get to know you as a person, what brings you to my office, and how I can help you.
How do I know if I picked the right therapist?
Choosing the right therapist is key to a successful therapeutic process. Don’t be afraid to ask us questions! Ask us what experience we have and how we do things. If you do not feel comfortable talking with your current therapist, it is fine to find someone else. We will not be offended! We want you to have a therapeutic experience in which you feel safe, heard, and that is with a person that you trust. Research us, ask about us, and don’t settle until you feel like you have the right one. For some, they know when they have found the right one when therapy is like having a conversation. For others, they know when they can talk without being interrupted or when they leave with something they can use. Ask yourself, what kind of therapist do I want?
Do you accept insurance?
At this time, no, but I will be more than happy to help you find someone who takes your insurance.
There are many resources (in addition to the services that I can offer) available to you – from other counseling services in the community to information on the more common mental health issues, click below to read all about it.
Feel free to ask any questions. For emergencies call 911 or visit your nearest hospital.