My Approach to Helping
Become a Provider
Hello, Chelsea Frank!
I’m Chelsea, and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science with an emphasis in psychology from Concordia University Irvine in 2013. I went on to earn a master’s degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 2015. During graduate school, I worked as a behavioral interventionist, providing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy to children with autism and related disorders between the ages of 1.5 and 13 years old. I completed my internship during graduate school at the Community Research Foundation (CRF) New Vistas Crisis Center, where I gained experience in crisis intervention and working with individuals experiencing acute psychiatric distress.
Once I completed my master’s degree program, I went on to work at CRF Step ForwardCalWORKs for over 4 years, providing individual and group counseling services to assist clients in reducing mental health barriers to obtaining and maintaining employment. During my time at CRF Step Forward, I had multiple roles in the program, including being an individual or group therapist, conducting screenings for new clients who requested services, and assisting the director in managing administrative aspects of the program. I have also gained experience providing exposure response prevention (ERP) therapy with individuals struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My experience includes working with clients who have experienced depression, anxiety, trauma, stress management, struggles with co-parenting, substance use, and acute psychiatric distress. I am authentic and genuine in my work with individuals, couples, and families as I believe it helps build a strong therapeutic relationship.
My therapeutic orientations include Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I utilize SFT to assist individuals, couples, and families she works with to identify their strengths and resources to help them overcome their current struggles. CBT is a great way for me to teach you how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are related to your mental health and ways to improve your well-being. When indicated, I utilize DBT to teach coping skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness to reduce feelings of being overwhelmed and feeling controlled by emotions.