Chelsea Nixon, LMSW
I am a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Tennessee and a born and bred Midwesterner. I grew up in Southeastern Michigan and ditched film school to obtain my undergraduate degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and went on to earn a graduate degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. I am also a trained Doula with DONA International and love the unique ways that allows me to provide support and advocacy to individuals and couples as they work to build their families. I have received training in Trauma-Informed Care, Grief and Loss, and Perinatal Mood Disorders as well as in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Narrative modalities. I am deeply passionate about the ways we learn about ourselves from our painful experiences and past hurts and I have experience working with individuals through life transitions, miscarriage and ambiguous loss, personal identity formation, adverse religious experiences, sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, addictions, and mood disorders. I also love working with other helpers to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue or address vicarious trauma, as I have been supported by so many fellow helpers in my own dark times.
My love for counseling is an extension of my profound love for storytelling. I believe that everyone carries a story inside of them that has been formed by a collection of our personal experiences, relationships, joy, suffering, and desires. The stories we tell ourselves greatly impact the way we see and navigate our intimate relationships, communities, work-life balance, and ourselves. Sometimes, our role within our own stories becomes distorted, and my goal is to honor the narrative you have created while offering a new perspective and re-telling of that story. I approach therapy as a collaborative relationship within a non-judgemental space where we can examine issues with openness, curiosity, honesty, and compassion while creating a space inside ourselves that fosters growth and healing.