Chelsie Newkirk, MS, ACMHC
Evoke Therapy Programs Coach
Chelsie brings a warm, compassionate, and collaborative approach to therapy. Her strength is bringing her authenticity and transparency to the therapeutic relationship to create a safe environment for clients to explore themselves. She also uses somatic mindfulness to re-regulate the nervous system and shift away from shame-based narratives.
Education & Prior Work Experience
Chelsie is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has also completed the highest level of Neuroaffective Relational Model (NARM) training and is currently being trained in Somatic Experiencing. Chelsie previously worked at Evoke as a wilderness therapist providing individual, group, and family therapy. Chelsie has worked in mental health since 2009. She also worked as a case manager for a domestic violence shelter supporting individuals who have experienced intimate partner violence. She became a field guide at Evoke in 2012 and has been involved with Evoke in a variety of ways ever since.
Chelsie is a relational, somatic-oriented therapist who is heavily influenced by her training in NARM, family systems, and attachment theory. Her training and life experience allow her to bring a non-pathological and compassionate approach to her therapeutic relationships. Chelsie finds that many of her clients are wanting deeper, more connected relationships with themselves and others. Her therapeutic approach is to support her clients in having awareness of the patterns in their life that were initially wise and adaptive that are now getting in the way of what they ultimately want for themselves.
Chelsie enjoys meandering in the woods with her highly energetic springer spaniel, Birdie. If Birdie permits it, Chelsie enjoys throwing pottery, reading books, and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains. She also appreciates when her daring friends or partner are courageous enough to play board games or a willful game of ping pong.