Meet Chelsea

Biography

Chelsea Wakefield, PhD, LCSW is a Jungian oriented psychotherapist, dream worker, workshop and retreat leader who works with individuals, couples and groups. She has spent twenty years facilitating people in moving beyond the wounds of the past, accessing their archetypal potential and living more vibrant and meaningful lives. Chelsea draws from a depth of training in clinical and transpersonal methods and helps people integrate the insights of personal work into daily living. She has a passion for supporting women in developing their luminous potential.


During graduate school, Chelsea encountered the work of Carl Jung and felt an immediately affinity with his intersection of psychology and spirituality.  She became deeply interested in the world of dreams and archetypes and has continued her studies in Jungian psychology since that time.  Jungian theory underlies her clinical practice.

In 1996, she created a process called Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty™ (see programs).  This workshop and method of inner work has changed the lives of many people previously at war with themselves.  The book, by the same title, is scheduled for publication in 2010.

Since 1989, Chelsea has worked in hospitals, business settings, and community mental health agencies.  She is currently in private practice.  Her clinical training includes Re-decision Therapy, Pesso-Boyden Psychomotor Technique, Marriage and Family Therapy, Coaching, Voice Dialogue, DBT and Mindfulness Psychotherapies, Trauma Interventions, Energy Psychology, and Human Sexuality.

Interdynamic Family Therapy™ is an educational program she developed with Carmon McGee, LCSW that helps parents of children with a challenging mental health diagnosis to parent with competence and confidence.

The Luminous Woman™ Weekend (see programs) encompasses twenty years of discovery and work with women, supporting them to live into their deep wisdom, unique beauty, and archetypal power.  Graduates can stay connected to this growing community through Reunion Weekends.

Chelsea is a popular keynote speaker and a member of the 1993 Toastmaster’s Hall of Fame as an international finalist for Inspirational Speeches.  She is on the staff of two spiritual direction programs and has been part of the faculty at the Haden Institute since 2000, where she teaches in the Spiritual Direction and Dream Leader Training programs.

Philosophy

Chelsea believes that people are fundamentally creative, resourceful and whole. Childhood experiences and adult traumas can inhibit the full expression of a person’s vibrant engagement with life. Goals which are not tied to passion and purpose are empty accomplishments. Deep work is important for everyone. None of us got through our early years without some limiting messages and experiences that cause us to shrink back from life. Deep work doesn’t have to be wound oriented or pathology based. What it does is to clear the path of the brambles that prevent us from accessing own intuitive wisdom and natural strengths.

She plays the role of guide and companion in a client’s process of discovering their unique selves, passion and purpose. Part of this process may involve the healing of childhood wounds and surfacing unconscious script material that limits and constrains us. She supports a client in developing new frames of thinking and relating, emotional intelligence, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and other essential life skills. Dream work is one of the fastest means of accessing a person’s deep truth and directing a life from a center of personal truth that can hold.

Many people view the time and money required to do personal work as self-absorbed or selfish. Chelsea believes that any time we make a significant positive change in our way of being in the world, it helps the whole community. The responsible, respectful, choices we make from a place of consciousness and non-reactivity sends ripples in all directions. Personal work benefits everyone, life partners, friends, co-workers, community and our world.

Deep change requires a redefinition of self at the core level and is generally accompanied by significant anxiety. People in the process of change also experience resistance from people in their lives who are accustomed to them behaving and responding in predictable old ways. This systems adjustment needs to be addressed in order for change to be lived out, and become stable and permanent. Chelsea teaches clients interpersonal and self-soothing skills to help navigate these stormy passages.

In her personal spiritual companioning work she provides a safe, compassionate space for exploring one’s personal understanding and connection with the Divine, sorting through spiritual shadow and the discerning spiritual and vocational callings.