Chelsea Owens, MFT, Art Therapist
I earned a Bachelors from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. before making the move west to San Francisco, CA. a decade ago. I completed a Masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. While in graduate school I interned for a year at an elementary school in San Mateo, CA utilizing art therapy in working with children with emotional dysregulation, family issues, and behavior issues. I have completed over 3,000 clinical hours of training and experience to become a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT #100077) in California, and a Registered Art Therapist ATR #18-202. I have worked with a variety of people including, children, adolescents, teens, adults, families and couples on a wide range of issues ranging from: anxiety, depression, family issues, eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss, behavior management + classroom management, self-awareness and empowerment, women's issues, parenting issues and family reunification.
I worked as a Primary Therapist at the Lotus Collaborative, a treatment center specializing in eating disorders in San Francisco, as well as a Family Counselor with the YMCA Urban Services at the Western Addition Family Resource Center in San Francisco.
I bring a joyful lightness and sincerity to my work with every client.
I show up in the therapeutic relationship with an intention to help facilitate process and move anxiety, trauma, depression, and negative self-worth in order to build insight into ones core beliefs, and restore balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
My therapeutic style is eclectic, and is influenced by holistic modalities as well as evidence-based psychological orientations. I come from an Art Therapy background, and also integrate existential/Gestalt therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), mindfulness practice, Psychodynamic, and Narrative therapy into my practice. Feminist theory, Family Systems theory and a social justice perspective also inform my process and practice. I believe there is creativity, reflection and expression inside of everyone and for some it is easier to communicate without words. I bring warmth and energy to the room because I am passionate about empowering people to access their true potential.
begin a deeper understanding of yourself
I believe that the use of art in therapy can be a powerful tool to express thoughts and feelings that sometimes cannot be verbalized, as well as being an extension of the authentic self. My goal is to create a safe space for clients to explore and to get in touch with their true self so they can genuinely experience life with more joy, abundance, and balance.