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

Kelsi Clayson, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Florida License Number: PY 10776

Ansley Bender, M.A.

Ansley Bender, M.A.

Doctoral Extern

My therapeutic style reflects warmth, understanding, and nonjudgmental curiosity as we get to know one another. I strive to empower my clients to view themselves and their world with a little more kindness and compassion. I work with people experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress management, as well as those struggling with relational distress, emotional ups and downs, and concerns related to gender identity.


We are often not taught how to work through painful past experiences, effectively manage our thoughts and emotions, or improve patterns that get in the way of meaningful connection. For all clients, and particularly for those who have experienced trauma or stressful life events, I believe in creating a space that feels safe to process and work towards acceptance, peace, and healing. 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.


Ansley is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida and works under the supervision of Dr. Kelsi Clayson.

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology- University of Kansas
  • Master of Arts in Psychology- University of South Florida