Chelsey Gates

Practicum Doctoral Trainee

Clinical/Counseling Interests:

I approach counseling using a combination of interpersonal and cognitive behavioral theories informed by a feminist perspective. This means I help clients pay attention to the ways our relationships, thoughts, and beliefs inform one’s understanding of the world. My goal is to provide an accepting space for clients to share concerns and work collaboratively towards their goals. I view clients as the expert of their lived experiences and strive to empower desired behavior change with a focus on increasing daily functioning.

My professional background and training have collectively focused on college students and their development. I recognize the immense transition and unique growth that occurs at this life stage and take this into consideration while working together.  

Multicultural Interests:

I approach my work by acknowledging our identities intersect to create our respective worldviews. For me, this means I strive to focus on clients’ interpersonal interactions within our embedded social systems. I am personally and professionally committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. I believe conversations about our experiences and differences are vital in therapy and in our everyday lives with others.  I have a strong interest in concerns typically faced by LGBTQ+ identities and women (e.g. body image and eating disorders).

Professional Affiliations:

Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of APA)
Association for Women in Psychology