Chelsea Dillavou, a licensed clinical social worker and registered yoga teacher, is a compassionate, kind and nonjudgmental therapist who specializes in the treatment of adults and adolescents that are struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, body image, psychosis, life transitions and relationship stressors.
Chelsea holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Jane Addams college of Social Work. While there, she completed an internship at Schurz High School, a Chicago Public School. Before pursuing private practice, Chelsea worked for 5 years on an inpatient psychiatric unit, then transitioned to providing individual and group therapy for the U.S Air Force, where she successfully treated and supported active duty service members in trauma based therapy, as well as for depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders.
Most recently, Chelsea worked at the UCLA Adult Partial Hospitalization Program providing group and individual skills-based treatment to clients struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma and self-injury.
Chelsea’s therapeutic work is informed by mindfulness based approaches such as Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Yoga Therapy, as well as trauma specific protocols when indicated such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Chelsea uses these evidence based approaches to assist her clients in achieving their personal and professional goals by improving their emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal skills.
Chelsea is very collaborative in session and enjoys individualizing interventions to specifically address each client’s unique situation. She believes trust between client and provider are paramount to the therapeutic success.
While her office is located in downtown Chicago, she welcomes and serves clients in the surrounding areas such as River North, Lincoln Park, Lake View, Logan Square, Wicker Park, and Bucktown.