I’m Kelsey Ullrich and this is my story.
LMHC, CYT, and Graphic Designer
It’s no surprise that by the time I was eight-years-old I knew I wanted to be a psychotherapist. I was very sensitive and attuned to others and my environment. Listening and holding space always seemed to come pretty natural to me. And I really loved to help people. Throughout my childhood and adolescence I was also always creating and making art. So much so, that I went rouge when it came to the “traditional” college plan and attended art school, where I obtained my Bachelor’s in Fine Art in Graphic Design.
For me, art-making was an escape and an outlet for expression—especially when it came to my own struggles with anxiety and depression. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I realized I could make my profession doing both art and therapy—which led me to pick up my life and move to the desert in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I studied art therapy and counseling and received my Master’s degree in both.
I’ve always lived my life pretty intuitively. Certainly not without fear or doubts but I’ve always felt guided when it came to decision making and figuring out my purpose in this life. I think after so many years I’ve found that balance, for the most part, between challenging the old stories of who I was “told” to be and cultivating who I want to be. And who I am is many things: an art therapist, a designer, an artist, a partner, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a dog-mom, a student, a yogi, and much more. And it feels pretty damn good to embrace and share with you here, all of who I am. Whether it’s through a private retreat, individual counseling or art therapy, or graphic design, I hope as a client of mine, I can help you feel a bit more aligned with who you truly are too.
When it comes to my work as an art therapist, I utilize not only my professional training but also my personal experience—being a therapy client myself (for thirteen years, as a matter-of-fact) and doing the healing work I’ve done thus far in life. I have a sense of whats been helpful and what’s not when it comes to working with mental health. The approach I’ve found to be most effective is a holistic one—where the mind, body, and spirit is integrated. Mental health isn’t just “mental”. That’s just one piece to the puzzle. Your mental health is also impacted by other life experiences like physical health, emotional, spirituality, creativity, and more. So let’s talk more about all of the pieces that influence our mental wellbeing.
While I do offer more traditional weekly psychotherapy, art therapy, and coaching sessions, where you can work with me locally or remotely, I’m also very passionate about more “non-traditional” approaches to mental health like my private holistic healing retreat. I think it’s important to get therapy “off the couch” and to create experiences that feel safe, non-stigmatizing, and even, dare I say, enjoyable when it comes to your mental health. And last, but certainly not least, another way we can work together is through the graphic design services I offer. I utilize a blend of coaching and psychology to assess my client’s design needs whether that’s in the form of branding, a website, or even a logo. I believe there’s something profoundly therapeutic about having a piece of design that authentically aligns with you or your service in the world.
Thank you for taking the time in getting to know me. I’m glad you’re here and I look forward to getting to know you and hopefully working together!