Chelsea Victor, (LMHC)

Psychotherapist— Chelsea comes to Okinawa from the state of Massachusetts where she earned her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Bridgewater State University

Chelsea looks forward to providing individuals and families in Okinawa with a supportive and empowering environment to strengthen relationships and heal. It is through greater understanding of problems, and acknowledgment of patterns, that changes can be made, and appropriate supports can be put in place in order to overcome trying times. It is her belief that the more each individual can tune into their own thought patterns and behaviors, the better the family will function as a whole. In her practice, Chelsea utilizes a strength-based approach along with evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and mindfulness practice.

In her work, she has served not only as a clinical therapist but also as an advocate for families within school systems and state departments. Chelsea has a great passion for not only helping parents to better understand and relate with their children but also to help them strengthen their abilities to advocate for them in the outside world.

During her time in Boston, Chelsea worked extensively within both school systems as well as residential care facilities. Her work was largely based on helping children and adolescents with significant problematic behavioral patterns and trauma histories. In her work, Chelsea not only served the children individually but also provided support and individual services to their families, helping create consistency in the support the child received.

In addition to her clinical services, Chelsea has also served as a human rights consultant and board member to a non-profit organization serving adults with mental health struggles. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring all that Okinawa has to offer with the island’s beautiful natural waterfalls and beaches.

Key Concepts: individuals, families, understanding of problems, acknowledgment of patterns, strength-based approach, evidence-based techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, mindfulness practice, school systems, residential care facilities, children and adolescents, significant problematic behavioral patterns, trauma histories, human rights consultant, non-profit organization, mental health struggles.

o Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) that has a solution-oriented approach and aims to help process patient struggles from both a cognitive and behavioral perspective. The goal of CBT is to address negative thoughts (cognitive) or behaviors (behavioral) that are causing distress and focus on encouraging practical steps toward solving the problem at hand while tackling the anxiety that it may be causing. The basis of CBT rests on the idea that thoughts and feelings are what influence behaviors.

o Solution-Focused Therapy: a type of therapy that analyzes an individual’s current situation and encourages finding concrete solutions to confront problems and improve quality of life.

o Mindfulness Practice: a set of practices based on meditation that centers on bringing attention to the present moment, independent of both the past and the future. The goal is to become aware of thoughts as they arise but not attach judgment to them—noticing thoughts in this way may help reduce anxiety and stress surrounding them.