Chelsea Fetterhoff, LPC-I
My journey with therapy began about a decade ago, when my parents sent a reluctant teenager into group therapy. Eventually, the reluctant teenager became a young adult, on the journey of self-discovery. Since then, therapy remained a part of my life.
I entered school at University of South Carolina scared, ambivalent, and anxious. Therapy was there to help guide me through those rocky moments in the beginning. It only took me a semester to switch my major to Psychology and begin my academic and professional journey with therapy.
In graduate school, I became alarmingly aware that it was difficult to be my authentic self in an individual session with someone. After a hard look in the mirror, I knew it was time to work on the parts of me that were crippled from anxiety and my inability to trust myself. This became the focus of my personal and clinical work.
After working through my anxiety and learning to trust myself as an individual; I felt like nothing could hold me back and the world was mine to conquer. I found this enlightenment and freedom through my own work with a therapist, and I can personally say that therapy works!
I strive to always be myself when I am sitting with an individual. It is very helpful to know what it is like to be the person in the other chair. I will always meet you where you are, and help guide you through whatever it is that is interfering with your life. Being a therapist, to me, means helping someone work through their toughest battles, and helping foster a relationship that allows you to be yourself.
While I was in my undergraduate career, I worked with children in an after school program, who struggled with behavioral concerns. I also worked in Newberry, with a geriatric population. This was very special work in which I got to help elderly individuals who were struggling with life transition, depression, and anxiety.
I graduated in 2014 and dove directly into graduate school. I had many great professors and mentors throughout my academic career. In my program, I focused on marriage, couples, and family counseling. I was able to gain a wide variety of experience and chose to learn about many different cultures in order to build my competency with different people. I worked with families and adolescents who were struggling with a wide variety issues. I also engaged in individual therapy with adolescents living in group homes and foster care settings.
Upon graduating, I’ve worked with two different substance misuse, nonprofit agencies. I am now working toward becoming a certified addictions counselor. In these settings, I have had the opportunity to work with adolescents and adults who are struggling with the misuse, or dependence of drugs and alcohol, along with other mental health concerns.
Degrees and Professional Affiliations
- BA degree in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Counseling from the University of South Carolina (2014)
- Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) with an emphasis in marriage, couples, and family counseling from the University of South Carolina (2016)
- Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC/I)
- Certified Addictions Counselor in process (CACP)
- National Certified Counselor (NCC)
- Member of the National Ally Registry for the LGBT community