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)

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 

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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Meet Stacy (Accepting New Clients)

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 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 this past year 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 fiancé (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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