Chelse Bolin, MSW, LICSW

chelse@affinitypsych.com

Welcome. My name is Chelse, I use they/them pronouns and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota.

I’m glad you are here. Making the choice to start therapy can feel scary and vulnerable. You may feel like you don’t know where to start. I am here to meet you where you are at in life because I believe you have the power to create meaningful change, so that your life is one you want to live.

How I Work

I will believe what you tell me. I have a way of communicating that is direct and gentle. I offer an approach to therapy rooted in mindful self-compassion; using cbt, trauma informed, fat positive and anti-oppressive ideologies. I will provide you the space to be open with yourself, so that you can attend to what comes up from a place of kindness.

How We Will Work

When you want to vent; I will listen. When you want to process experiences; I will bring a curious, non-judgemental, in tune presence. When you feel intense or unsafe emotions; with or without intention, I will stay grounded. When you are seeking information to help normalize what you are going through, I can provide psychoeducation or direct you to helpful sources. Therapy has improved benefits when there is engagement in learning and/or reflection outside of sessions, so (*with consent) you can expect me to offer resources for review, books to read, podcasts, positive social media for inspiration and journal activities.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

As a queer, non-binary, survivor; I bring the knowledge and empathy of my lived experience to the therapeutic relationship. Whether it’s related to sexuality and gender, challenging relationships, trauma, codependency, oppression fatigue or a major life transition; my intention is to help you find the compassion, bravery and motivation to show up for yourself, in the ways you feel are best.

I look forward to working with you.

Areas of experience:

  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexuality and gender exploration
  • Establishing boundaries
  • Oppression fatigue
  • Trauma
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Life transitions
  • Substance use
  • Grief and loss
  • Impacts of Diet Culture, Fat phobia and Negative Body Image
  • Relationship transitions
  • Self compassion

Populations I Serve:

  • Survivors
  • LGBTQQIP2SAA folx
  • Non-binary folx
  • Poly/Open/Non monogamous folx
  • Kinky folx
  • BIPOC
  • Students
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Perfectionist folx
  • Neurodivergent folx

Professional background:

Education

  • Bachelor’s 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