Meet Kelsey

Hi my name is Kelsey Kjellsen and I am a licensed professional counselor, clinical

supervisor, and owner of Just Be Counseling Services, LLC.  I am originally from the

cold and snowy state of South Dakota, which is where I received my Bachelor's

Degree in Psychology from Augustana College (now Augustana University). My life

purpose of helping others was solidified after a personal health issue as I knew I

wanted to help people through their challenging times. 

 

I moved to Arizona to pursue a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from

Arizona State University. After graduating, I counseled for over two years in an

outpatient treatment center working with adults, children, and families. I then

transitioned to private practice work where I continued working with a variety of clients, including couples. Over the years, I have obtained specific training in ACT Therapy, Anxiety, Trauma, Mindfulness, and Active Parenting Programs. I use a mixed methods approach to tailor treatment specifically to the needs of each client. Other methods used in my practice are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. 

Building a safe and trusting relationship is my first goal with all my clients. I believe positive outcomes in therapy starts with a genuine therapeutic relationship. Some of my experience includes working with individuals with behavioral challenges, mood disorders,  Autism, family dynamic challenges, social concerns, relationship issues, and life transitions/values . I strongly believe in a family approach when working with children to help create a positive and supportive team during their challenging time. I facilitate Active Parenting Workshops for parents and Social Skills Groups for children who struggle with social interactions.

When not working, I enjoy spending my time with my husband (Alex) and dog (Olive).  I am fortunate to have my brother living nearby and family who visit regularly from South Dakota. I enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and golfing; traveling, my fair share of reality tv, and adding to our "House Project" list.

"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a desitnation."

-Carl Rogers

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Email: kelsey@justbecounselingservices.com

Phone: (970) 510-6911

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Meet Brett (Accepting New Clients)

Hi, my name is Brett Wladis and I’m a licensed professional

counselor. I was born and raised in Massachusetts. I received my

bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication sciences

from the University of Connecticut. In 2013, I moved

cross-country to obtain my Master of Counseling degree from

Arizona State University. Since 2015, I have provided counseling

services to adults in both a private practice setting and at

behavioral health clinics across the valley. I have extensive experience working with a wide variety of issues. I particularly enjoy helping clients deal with life transitions, relationship issues, stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, trauma, and grief. 

 

My approach to therapy is collaborative, client-focused, and goal-oriented. I utilize evidenced-based therapeutic modalities—including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)—in order to ensure quality outcomes for my clients. I also incorporate mindfulness practices and existential approaches into sessions, when appropriate. 

 

I am dedicated to helping my clients gain a better understanding of themselves and their issues. It is my aim to help my clients identify and overcome barriers that are keeping them from achieving their goals so that they may lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. 

 

Outside of counseling, I enjoy reading, writing, playing basketball, listening to music, spending time with friends and family, and being in nature.

 

Brett Wladis

Email: brett@justbecounselingservices.com

Phone: (480) 702-1588

Meet Libbie (Accepting New Clients-Telehealth Only)

Hello! My name is Libbie Henrie, and I am a licensed associate counselor under the supervision of

Kelsey Kjellsen at Just Be Counseling Services, LLC. I hold a Master of Science in Professional

Counseling degree from Grand Canyon University. 

 

My passion is working with women struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem,

relationships, and attachment issues, domestic violence and abuse trauma, and other traumatic

events. I utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and

mindfulness to help my clients bring greater awareness to their stressors and environments, physical

sensations, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I also incorporate other trauma-informed

approaches such as emotion regulation, addiction and shame cycles, and re-parenting to process

trauma and learn new ways of being.

 

I want all my patients to leave my office feeling more understood and closer to finding more hope, peace, and healing in their lives. My goal is to provide a safe space to talk about thoughts or emotions that feel shameful, and work towards more self-acceptance and love. I would be honored to hear your story and help you on your path to healing!

 

When I’m not working, I enjoy writing, meditation, Pilates and yoga, playing old school video games, singing karaoke, and hiking (but the last one not that much). I also spend time cooking, eating, swimming, going for walks, playing soccer, wiping things up, setting things down, forgetting what I was doing, and building/demolishing Magna-Tile towers with my two little kids.

 

"No teacher, preacher, parent, friend or wise man can decide what's right for you - just listen to the voice that speaks inside."

― Shel Silverstein, Falling Up

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Libbie Henrie

Meet Pam (Accepting New Clients)

Hi! My name is Pam Perez, and I am a licensed associate counselor under the supervision of  

Kelsey Kjellsen at Just Be Counseling Services, LLC.  I am originally from southern California

but moved to Arizona in 2016 to pursue my degree in professional counseling. I received my

master’s degree in professional counseling from Grand Canyon University. During my internship

and after graduating, I worked in a private practice setting, where I helped adults, couples, teens,

and families.

 

During my time in private practice, I received training in Mindfulness, Trauma, Cognitive

Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, all of which I utilize to create unique and

tailored treatments for my clients. I am passionate about helping clients work through various life

stressors and daily challenges that get in the way of living your best life. I believe that a person’s

thoughts and feelings will directly impact their behavior and daily functioning, and at times may

require guidance in ways to manage distress and challenges.

 

My theory and philosophy on working with clients is that it is important to treat the whole person in order to create an enriched therapeutic experience. As a counselor, I strive to help individuals through life’s challenges in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. Some of my experience includes working with individuals with mood disorders, personality disorders, relationship issues, social struggles, and life transitions.

 

On a personal note, I have been with my husband, Alex, for 18 years and we have three amazing children (ages 16, 10, and 6 years old) as well as three awesome dogs. I enjoy reading, watching movies, hiking, traveling, and hanging out with my friends and family.

 

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

– Victor Frankl

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Pam Perez

Meet Stacy

Hi there! My name is Stacy Gerson and I am a licensed associate counselor at Just Be Counseling

Services, LLC. I hold a Masters of Professional Counseling degree from Grand Canyon University,

as well as a Masters in Clinical Psychology degree from University of Phoenix. I have been working in

the mental health field for over a decade and have a multitude of experience in inpatient settings,

outpatient clinical settings, IOP/PHP, individual and group counseling where I have helped adults,

teens, couples, and families achieve and overcome a variety of goals and successes.

I believe that hope and healing comes in many different ways and often fosters from a safe and

therapeutic relationship. I am passionate about helping others achieve their goals and helping clients

work through any challenges they may be going through.  With this, I have received training and often

integrate mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, emotion regulation, motivational interviewing and

trauma therapy. I have also obtained specific trainings in depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder,

self-esteem issues, family dynamic changes, relationship issues, behavioral challenges, Autism, trauma, mood disorders, and social concerns.

My passion is listening, understanding and helping those who need extra support. Whatever that may look like, my goal is to help each individual person by building a safe and trusting relationship where clients feel heard and understood, in order to achieve positive and genuine outcomes tailored to each person.
 

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, eating good food, traveling and making memories with the ones I love!

“At the end of the day, all you need is hope and strength… hope that it will get better and strength to hang on until it does“

- Jasmin Whitmore

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Stacy Gerson

Meet Meagan (Accepting New Clients)

Hi! My name is Meagan MacCleary, I am a Masters licensed therapist at Just Be
Counseling Services. My life purpose of helping others was confirmed after personal
experiences with anxiety and depression. I knew I wanted to help others who are
committed to overcoming challenges such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues,
trauma, relationship issues, grief, and difficult life transitions. As a therapist, I am
passionate about helping individuals identify and accomplish their goals to achieve a
mindful, balanced life.


I earned my Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from Arizona
State University. I provide individual, group and telehealth therapy services for adults
and teens in Arizona. I use a mixed-methods approach to personalize treatment specifically to the needs of each client. Therapeutic modalities include Person-Centered Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.

 

By utilizing various counseling modalities, I assist clients in examining the connection between how their thoughts and feelings directly impact their behaviors. I have special interest in teaching mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, emotion regulation, grounding techniques, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. My goal is to provide a safe, supportive, judgement-free environment where clients feel heard, supported, and empowered to utilize their strengths and skills to become their ideal self.
 

When not working, I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my dogs, Willie Nelson and Timber. I also enjoy camping, kayaking, fishing, traveling, tv/movies and DIY projects.
 

“Confidence isn’t thinking you are better than everyone else, it’s realizing that you have no reason to compare yourself to anyone else.”

-Maryam Hasnaa

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