Chelsea Cimino - MAC
When I began seeing a therapist, I realized just how much I needed an outlet to process hardships in my life and to feel genuinely heard, and this is exactly what I want to provide to clients who come to see me. As I have advanced in my own self-discovery and identity exploration, I have become interested in helping others in the LGBTQIA+ community on their own journeys. My approach to therapy is helping guide you to bountiful self-compassion, exploring boundaries, and discovering your own passions. Of course, we can’t do this without also talking about the way our society impacts mental health, in particular, the detrimental effects of racism and other forms of prejudice. When shame is present, we will explore what social messages may be behind this and help you reconnect with your inherent worth and value.
My other clinical interests include multiculturalism, depression, anxiety, grief, neurodivergence including Autism and ADHD, healing relationships with food and bodies, substance use recovery, co-occurring populations, and trauma-informed care. I believe that having lived experience with my interests is a fundamental component to the care I can provide.
I have worked with all ages, from children to older adults, and have provided a variety of different treatment services. I have counseled those within the LGBTQIA+ community including those identifying as queer, gay, lesbian, trans, and nonbinary. In my most recent role as Therapist Intern within a drug and alcohol outpatient facility in center city Philadelphia, I provided individual and group dual diagnosis counseling to adults. I have also delivered drug and alcohol diversion treatment to adolescents in the Willow Grove area of Montgomery County, PA. Additionally, I have experience working with young clients and their families as a Therapeutic Staff Support in the Philadelphia suburbs.
I earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Delaware in 2014, as well as my Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Arcadia University in 2022. I am currently a Pre-Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania. I utilize recognized therapeutic modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). IFS is especially meaningful to me as it recognizes and honors our many parts and reminds us, we are not broken.