About Amanda Owner & Founder of Thrive Counseling Services, LLC
Amanda is a state licensed and nationally certified therapist with an undergraduate degree in psychology and a masters degree in professional counseling. She has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation.
Amanda is passionate about treating the “whole person” by addressing mind, body and spiritual influences. Treating a person’s concerns holistically is important to her as she believe in the mind-body connection and that one effects the other.
Specializing in trauma and abuse issues, she uses Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral approaches to confront toxic belief systems that hold you back from living the life you desire. Amanda has specific training in working with children and adolescents and incorporates Expressive Arts and Play Therapy techniques to better speak their language in a non-confrontational way. Amanda has strong beliefs that keeping caretakers involved and informed throughout the treatment process with children is critical as attachment and relationships are a key component in the healing process.
When working with couples, Amanda addresses concerns through the lens of Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is skilled in approaching interpersonal issues within families and couples helping to foster the creation of secure bonds and re-organized emotional responses.
Kelsey Kjellsen MC, LAC, received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has her Master’s Degree from Arizona State University in Mental Health Counseling. Kelsey is a licensed associate counselor currently working toward her professional license. She has experience working with children and adults with training in ACT Therapy.
Kelsey values the relationship with the client and strives to create a method for treatment that is specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of the individuals she serves. She uses Cognitive Behavioral and ACT Therapy approaches to address unhealthy cognitions that impact one’s ability to behave in a values direction.
Kelsey has several years of experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges. She strongly believes in a family approach when working with children to enhance the healing process. Kelsey uses an interpersonal style to enrich social skills and improve relationships. She has experience running social skills groups and co-facilitating DBT groups.
Originally from South Dakota, Kelsey enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, golfing, and biking with her husband. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.