Chelse Bolin, MSW, LICSW

chelse@affinitypsych.com

Hello & welcome! My name is Chelse and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota. I’m glad you are here, and I want to give you a high five! You are taking a big step on your healing journey to improved emotional health and a life in which you can feel proud, positive, and peaceful. You deserve to live a life filled with connection, compassion, and authenticity.

Making the choice to start therapy can feel scary. You may feel vulnerable and that you don’t even know where to start. But know this – Everyone can make positive changes in their lives, and therapy is one of the most useful experiences we have at our disposal to make such changes. Therapy is an opportunity to be seen, heard, and understood. It is a place where you will receive significant support, gather new tools, and develop new skills to support you in life.

Yet – None of these positive outcomes make going to therapy any less scary. I want you to know that I consider it a privilege to work with you. Because of my own experiences in therapy, I know how important this work and this time are in your life. I am ready to walk with you.

How I Work

I want you to understand three things: 1. I believe you are the expert on yourself and your life (even if you don’t believe this is true yet). 2. I value our relationship. 3. To feel comfortable talking about yourself in therapy, you need to feel safe. This is my number one goal – to create a safe space for you and the work we do together. After we achieve that, the rest will follow, and you will set the pace.

You can expect me to bring compassion, respect, and direct communication to our work. You can trust that I know there is equal room in therapy for processing pain and fear as there is for celebration. I expect you to bring your honesty. I genuinely care about your well-being and I’m here to walk through this chapter of your life with you so that you feel supported and hopeful for the future.

I will recommend books for you to read, positive social media to consider for inspiration (if you wish), and reflection activities and/or journaling to do in between sessions.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

My clinical approaches are client-centered and relational. I provide a warm and non-judgmental atmosphere where clients feel they can be themselves and say what is on their mind. I excel at working with clients who are invested in their growth.

As a foundation to all of my clinical approaches, I value diversity and recognize the negative impacts that oppression and systems of injustice have on clients. Due to my unique lived experience and clinical knowledge, I have the tools to help you navigate difficult emotional, relationship, and societal terrain, learn new coping skills, help you better understand and create clear boundaries with others, and ultimately have more compassion for yourself.

I am confident that through our work together, you will gain a better understanding of yourself, increase your self-confidence and self-esteem, and improve your communication and relationship skills. I look forward to working with you.

Issues I Treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexuality and gender exploration
  • Mood disorders
  • Trauma
  • Life transitions
  • Parenting/Co parenting
  • Divorce
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Codependency
  • Addiction
  • Grief and loss
  • LGBT+ issues
  • Body image issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Self compassion

Populations I Serve:

  • Teens age 14 and up
  • Young adults
  • Adults
  • Families
  • LGBT+ folks
  • Trauma survivors

Professional background:

Education

  • Bachelors degree in Social Work from St Cloud State University
  • Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from St. Catherine’s University

Previous Employment

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Unity Hospital

Licensure

  • Minnesota: LICSW #23169