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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

Kelsey Kjellsen

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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 concerns. I particularly enjoy helping adult clients deal

with life transitions, relationship issues, stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues,

trauma, men's issues, 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 am fully certified in EMDR which is recommended as a highly effective modality for the treatment of trauma and have extensive training and experience with DBT. 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.

 

Email: brett@justbecounselingservices.com

Phone: (480) 702-1588

Brett Wladis

Meet Libbie (Accepting New Clients)

Hello! My name is Libbie Henrie, and I am a licensed professional counselor 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 clients 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 Jamie (Accepting New Clients)

Hello! My name is Jamie Nottberg, and I am a licensed associate counselor under the

supervision of Kelsey Kjellsen at Just Be Counseling Services, LLC.  I was born and raised

in Kansas but recently moved to Arizona to explore, learn, and meet new people!  I have

a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

from Avila University.  After my own personal experience with mental health, I knew that

my purpose in life was to help people find their own inner light again.

 

During my internship and year after graduating, I worked at an intensive outpatient

program that specialized in eating disorders. While there, I worked with individuals, group

therapy, exposure therapy, and family therapy.  My approach to therapy is unique in that

it is tailored to fit you, your needs, and your goals, while you explore the complexities of

your life.  I utilize an eclectic mix of modalities, cognitive behavioral (CBT), dialectical

behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and yoga.  I enjoy working with youth, adults,

couples, and families with a variety of concerns including, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, communication struggles, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, family dynamic concerns, and stress management. I also love supporting individuals within the LGBTQIA2+ community and their families.

I believe that a safe, nonjudgmental, and genuine therapeutic alliance is the essential foundation for client growth and healing in therapy.  I truly feel that clients have what they need inside of them to become their higher self.  Life, trauma, old tapes, new tapes become the blockages that hinder one's authentic self.  

 

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife (Lindsey) and our four doggies (Phoebe, Bella, Bennie, and Tiny).  I enjoy traveling, hiking, lifting weights, doing yoga, and exploring Arizona!
 

“You’re imperfect and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” 

Brene Brown

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Jamie Nottberg

Meet Amy (Accepting New Clients)

Hello, my name is Amy Stuart. I am a clinical mental health counseling intern here

at Just Be Counseling Services under the clinical supervision of Kelsey Kjellsen. I

was born in New Jersey, moved around a bit, and have now lived in Arizona for

over 20 years. I received my bachelors of science degree in Justice Studies and in

the process of completing my masters of arts degree in Clinical Mental Health

Counseling through Wake Forest University. I have written numerous articles for

Postpartum Support International and am trained by them as a peer mentor for

parents. I have written for other organizations as well, including the American

Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I also worked at an in-patient clinic for those

with substance use disorders, where I frequently facilitated psychoeducational group counseling sessions for residents. The majority of my experience thus far has been in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, emotion regulation, trauma, grief, depression, and anxiety. I am comfortable working with youth, adults, families, and couples. 

 

I have an eclectic approach to counseling that is client-centered and solution-oriented. I most often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), but I also implement strategies seen in Narrative Therapy and Existential Therapy. But most of all, I want to collaborate with you in order to best determine how to heal, grow, and thrive. I believe in creating a safe, welcoming, peaceful place where you can bring your true self without fear. My goal is for you to leave counseling sessions with a better understanding of yourself and how to be the best, healthiest version of yourself.

 

When I’m not in the counseling room, I like to spend time with my family, go to dinner with friends, workout, write, read, hike, cook, and watch Star Trek while eating freshly baked pastries. 

 

“As we become aware of ourselves as storytellers, we realize we can use our stories to heal and make ourselves whole.”

– Susan Wittig Albert

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Amy Stuart

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