Chelsie Newkirk, MS, ACMHC
Chelsie has an extensive background working with adolescents and families in crisis, and is currently a highly sought after clinician in private practice. In her previous role as a Lead Therapist in Evoke’s Wilderness Therapy program, Chelsie was able to utilize her expertise in attachment and experiential therapies to help parents and adolescents manage anxiety, increase resiliency, and generate emotional safety in the process of healing trauma, and addressing grief and loss.
Education & Prior Work Experience
Chelsie earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Indiana University. During her undergraduate work, she was a behavior technician for adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities. This population fueled her desire to continue on the path of supporting others to draw upon their strengths to overcome challenges and obstacles in their lives.
Chelsie started as a field instructor at Evoke in 2012 and later was promoted to assistant field director. Chelsie earned her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and returned to Evoke as a clinical assistant where she learned and trained under dynamic therapists, and subsequently was promoted to Lead Therapist where she served adolescents and families in crisis for over two years. With her experience in various roles as at Evoke, Chelsie is able to offer a dynamic approach to support her clients.
Chelsie often uses strength-based approaches to help her clients overcome obstacles. She is able to attune to her clients to help them see their wounds with compassion and care. Chelsie often uses mindfulness approaches to help clients become embodied and integrated. She is trained in Brainspotting to assist her clients in accessing and processing trauma. Chelsie is also trained in NARM, which allows her to work with relational, attachment, and developmental trauma by identifying patterns of attachment to support clients in their relationships with themselves and others. In collaboration with clients, Chelsie uses these somatic, cognitive, and brain-based modalities to help her clients feel more at ease so that they are able to connect more deeply.
When she is not working she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. Living in Utah grants her the opportunity to be outside often whether it's hiking, biking, or climbing. She also loves cooking and sharing meals with others. Chelsie also enjoys reading and watching documentaries. Chelsie's main interest is spending as much time as she can with her amazingly adorable canine pal, Luna.