Dr. Kelsi A. Clayson
Starting therapy comes with many questions: Who should I see? Will it be helpful? Will I feel understood? So much depends on the level of trust and comfort you feel with your therapist. The heart of my work lies in creating a space that allows you to feel seen, understood, and energized to approach life in new and meaningful ways.
My therapeutic style is warm, collaborative, and relational with a touch of humor. I guide clients through a range of issues including unresolved trauma, anxiety, depression, relational conflict, and challenging life transitions. I focus on attending to patterns in your life that are serving you, as well as those that are getting in the way of where you want to be. My clinical approach is shaped by my training in several evidence-based therapies with careful attention to your unique needs, values, and goals. It is my sincere hope that you feel empowered to envision bold changes in your life as you take this important step toward healing and growth.
Education and Training
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- Master of Science in Clinical Psychology- Baylor University
- Doctor of Psychology- Baylor University
- Postdoctoral Residency, Women’s Mental Health and Trauma- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Long Beach Healthcare System
Welcome! My approach to therapy is client centered and focused on developing a deep understanding of you and your concerns as we begin our work together. I am passionate about working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma-related issues, relationship difficulties, as well as general life stressors. It can be tough to examine how your thoughts and feelings impact your life, process painful memories and situations, address boundaries and communication in relationships, and become more comfortable facing stressful, anxiety-provoking situations. My goal is to join clients in these pursuits so they don’t have to face them alone.
I rely on my extensive training in evidence-based practices as well as my clients’ needs and goals to guide our work together. While a big part of therapy centers around tackling the areas you are struggling with, I also strive to help you enhance your existing strengths and build emotional resilience. Therapy is a place for self-discovery and skill building and I look forward to helping you through the process. As a doctoral extern, I am able to offer affordably priced services and maintain a small caseload that allows me to provide my clients with the individualized attention and care they deserve.
Gabriella is a 4th year doctoral student at the University of South Florida and works under the supervision of Dr. Kelsi Clayson.
Education and Training
- Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology- University of Florida
- Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (expected 2025)- University of South Florida