Chelsea Kuehl


Chelsea Kuehl


Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Drug and Alcohol Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 117048
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Meritain Health
  • Out of Network Provider
  • UMR
  • United Health Care
  • United Healthcare Student Resources
Fees: Please contact me for a full list of accepted insurances. Super bills are available upon request. Sessions are $185 per hour with limited sliding scale availability.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability


San Pedro, California 90731

My Approach to Helping

My approach to working with clients is simple. We work together on the goals you bring into therapy or if you need help identifying some, we collaborate on creating goals. In the areas of your life that you need to be more skillful, we will pull from my expertise in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and radically open dialectical behavior therapy (RO-DBT). These two different evidence based practices cover the spectrum of control (under control, flexible control or optimal control, and over control). Some people need help getting things under control such as their emotions, impulses, and behaviors in general. DBT is very good for that. For people who need to learn how to relax, connect with others, decrease emotional loneliness, learn to play, and be more open, we will turn to RO-DBT. I have experience working in various settings and levels of care. If you are needing to transition into a higher level of care or looking to step down from a higher level of care, I can support you in doing so.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

It really feels like an honor to be trusted by my clients and watch them grow.

My Role as a Therapist

If I can do anything for you as a therapist it would be to
-help you learn about yourself and cultivate a kind and loving relationship with self
-teach you ways to better navigate the world, thoughts, emotions, and decision making
-know that you are genuinely cared for
-root for you

My Guiding Ethical Principles

Kindness, Integrity, Compassion, Benevolence

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

It is okay to be on the fence about going to therapy. My recommendation would be to try it out and see what comes up. When there is a good fit between the therapist and the client, therapy can be life changing. Therapy is often different from how people expect it to be and how it is depicted in popular culture.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

The therapist you choose to work with should be someone who is knowledgeable in the ways that are important for your goals in therapy. Therapy requires vulnerability, the willingness to develop feelings of safety (or trust), and willingness. It's important for your therapist to take in feedback that you provide and for you to feel like you can be open with them. I personally value a therapist who continues to develop themselves personally and professionally.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

Viewing going to therapy as making you weak or flawed is a symptom of stigma about mental health care that needs to be shed. Therapy can be a wonderful place to intentionally learn, process, grow, and receive support during incredibly challenging times. It is a brave act for many and at the same time, needs to be normalized. Everyone could use an intentional hour to learn, check in, and be present. Life has some real challenging aspects to it. Struggling is normal. So is getting support.

Services I Provide

  • Chemical Dependency Evaluation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    over control, under control, impulse control issues, difficulty allowing emotional experiencing, emotion dysregulation, codependency, invalidation, borderline personality, complex trauma, emotional loneliness, shame, suicidal ideation, self-harm, parasuicidal behavior, substance use, history of therapy, history of substance use treatment, mental health and healthcare professionals, children of alcoholics, children of dysfunctional families, perfectionism, creatives and artistic types

Industries & Communities Served

  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anxiety
  • Borderline
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Harm
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)

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