Performance Coaching and Consulting offers Performance Counseling (work life, relationships, goal attainment, sports psychology). Self Care & Wellness Consulting services while you are active outside or inside, on the trails, in the woods or working out, which saves you time. Equipment supplied if needed.
Experience exciting, refreshing, beautiful NATURE RETREATS and Wilderness Adventures. Enjoy and rejuvenate in glorious Alaska. Topics include long term recovery, empty nest, midlife crisis, self reflection and spiritual growth, anxiety management, relationships, and divorce support groups.
Midlife and early adult life stages & changes such as empty nest, menopause, pastoral counseling, anxiety, depression, communication, relationships, marriage & family issues, parenting, disabilities, recovery, self reflection and spiritual growth. Other focus areas are pain management, sex and sexuality education and counseling.
Arrange an initial consultation, I look forward to speaking with you.
LA Kelsey, MA
Performance Coaching & Consulting
Therapist LA Kelsey, MA, LPC has 30 years of experience as a trauma, mood disorders, LD, addictions and couples/marital counselor.
She has served the state of AK in rural and urban areas for 20 years, and all over the country.
A 20 year Alaskan and outdoor enthusiast who believes in the healing power of nature. She has extensive experience in mindfulness, pain management, neurological conditions, co-occurring medical, early childhood development/infant mental health & perinatal postpartum, Equine therapy, pastoral counseling and as a sex counselor getting certified as a sex therapist. She is a telemedicine certified, cranial sacral therapist trained, EMDR trained, holotroic breathwork trained and Egala certified.
She has offices in Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla-Palmer and beyond.
In addition, she is a Wellness Consultant Life Coach you can take on the trails with you remotely when you walk, hike, run, to save time, equipment supplied if needed.
Get away from it all. Heal in nature. Camp in the fresh air, fish or hike.
We include camping, fishing or hiking, creative expression/art therapy, positive psychology, talking circles, and counseling groups.
I pride myself on being more than just someone to listen, but someone to help you look at things in a different way. It’s important to face the challenges of life head-on, but with the right tools and resources in your arsenal. That all starts with a healthy mind, and a fresh perspective. From there, focusing on your well-being, mental and emotional health, and physical wellness comes into play like never before. You’re taking the first steps on a journey, but you’re not taking them alone.
Specialties & Issues:
Corporate team building
Life Coaching and Wellness Consulting
Long term recovery
Self reflection and spiritual growth
Work life balance
Infant mental health
Special Education, LD, ADD
Divorce support groups
As a professional therapist, my role is to guide you as you take steps towards positive life changes, healing, and a healthy mind. Together we’ll work to uncover and better understand life’s challenges and day-to-day stressors that detract from your life and focus, and begin identifying and practicing things that will make you stronger.
Relationships, Family, Career.
I offer a free 30-minute consultation (either on the phone or in my office), so you can get a sense of whether we have a good match. It is also an opportunity for me to decide whether or not I will be able to help you.
If you cannot afford my fee, please let me know because I do have a limited sliding scale or I can connect you with another therapist to serve your needs.
Starting at $275 – $575 for out of pocket. Please call to discuss rates and procedures for setting up an appointment. I do offer sliding scale fees, please contact me to discuss.
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Paypal
If you do not attend your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 48 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
Accepted Insurance Plans
Behavioral Health Systems
BlueCross and BlueShield
First Choice Health
Magellan Behavioral Health
Out of Network
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
What can therapy do for me?
There are a variety of benefits that can come from therapy, and they tend to be individualized. Therapists are there to provide levels of support, teach certain skills, and help patients discover new coping strategies for things like anxiety, depression, stress, or even creative blocks. You don’t need to have some kind of ‘major disorder’ to find usefulness from a therapist. In fact, if you’re simply looking for personal growth in any aspect of your life, you can typically find the skills and resources through therapy to help with family problems, marital issues, and more. Essentially, a therapist offers a different way of looking at things – perhaps a perspective you haven’t yet considered, which makes it easier to point you in the right direction, and find the solutions you’re looking for in life.
Of course, therapists can’t just ‘fix’ everything on their own. It’s about using those resources you learn in your everyday life that can really turn things around. Still unsure about what therapy could do for you? Let’s take a look a few examples of some common benefits:
– Grasping a deeper understanding of who you are
– Identifying your goals and dreams
– Obtaining the right skills for bettering your life’s relationships
– Learning resources to put an end to the issues that brought you to therapy
– Managing problem areas in your personal life, like anger, stress, depression, etc.
– Creating new patterns of behavior for yourself
– Changing your problem-solving perspective
– Boosting your self-esteem and confidence
If I feel as though I can handle my issues on my own, is therapy really necessary?
There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t experiences challenges of some kind throughout their life. Some people can simply get through them better than others, and even then, it’s never a bad idea to have additional support and understanding when it comes to the obstacles you’ve gone through. In all actuality, therapy is ideal for people who understand themselves enough to realize they actually could use some help, instead of denying it. Noticing that your life isn’t necessarily where you want it to be is a big realization and admittance, and taking the steps to change that for the better is something to be incredibly proud of. You’re taking the first step down an incredible path that can lead to long-lasting benefits for the rest of your life, even when challenges come up again.
What makes people go to therapy in the first place? How do I know if it’s the right decision?
While everyone’s reasons for coming to therapy are different, whether they’re going through a big life change, or a specific event like divorce, or just aren’t dealing with stressful situations ideally. Sometimes, the assistance of therapy can not only help with specific situations, but personal issues as well. Depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and even low-self esteem are often common reasons to seek out help. You may start out looking for one thing, and find on your journey that you can gain so much more through learning the right skills, and having the right kind of encouragement.
In terms of making the ‘right decision’ for yourself, of course therapy is a personal decision, but if you take a look at your life, and your desire is to make a change that starts from within, it’s likely that some form of psychotherapy could be a great benefit.
What can I expect from therapy?
Just like the reasons for therapy are different for everyone, most people can expect different experiences. The good news is that therapy is completely individually-focused, which is why everyone can get something different out of it. Generally, your life, your history, and any relevant insights will be important to the specific discussions, but in a very personal and individualized manner. Sometimes therapy can be focused on a specific need, in which case it’s a ‘short term’ solution, while in other cases, many people go to therapy regularly, each week, to simply look for more personal growth.
Again, therapy isn’t meant to be some kind of ‘quick fix’ where you simply sit back and listen. It is a participatory experience. The more you involve yourself in the process, the better results you’re bound to see. It’s a practice in everyday living, in which you take what you learn from the session, and apply it to your life. Therefore, it’s important to be mentally prepared to make those changes in your life, and desire new perspectives on things.
How should one consider medication vs. psychotherapy?
While medication has been proven to help with many different disorders, it has also been proven that time and time again, it simply isn’t enough. Medication often treats the symptoms of a problem, without getting to the root of solving it, which is where therapy comes in. In many cases, a combination of both can allow you to clear your head and have the right frame of mind for growth, while learning the tools to actually experience it.
How does insurance factor into therapy?
Insurance companies are different – some offer mental health coverage, while others do not. The easiest way to find out if mental health care is covered by your provider is to contact them, to make sure you understand their options. If you’re looking for a good place to start in asking them questions, you could consider asking what their coverage amounts are for therapy sessions, what an out-of-network provider might cost, or if prior approval will be needed from your primary care physician. Don’t be afraid to ask enough questions so you feel confident in knowing how your insurance responds to mental health care.
Do the topics in each therapy session remain private?
There is practically nothing more important in therapy than confidentiality. As with any doctor/patient agreement, your privacy is of the utmost importance. A good therapist understands the vulnerability and openness that must come from each patient in order to really get through, so therapy itself can take a lot of trust, and that needs to be developed over time. Make sure your therapist offers a confidentiality agreement before you begin your sessions, typically called ‘informed consent.’ It is your choice if you’d like to have your therapist share anything significant with your other healthcare providers, but this can only be done with your written consent. Nothing you share in your sessions is to be told to anyone else, with the rare exceptions of suspected abuse of any kind (including child protection), or if the therapist has any reason to believe their patient may hurt themselves, or others. These situations are a matter of ethical procedures, and sometimes, even the law.
The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health information and counseling resources. Nothing here is meant to replace professional care.
Associations & Institutes:
Addiction and Recovery Resources:
Borderline Personality Disorder:
LA Kelsey, MA, LPC, CDC
Serving Eagle River, Wasilla-Palmer, Houston, Willow, Palmer, Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Glennallen, Tok, Valdez, Kenai Peninsula, Homer and Anchorage, Alaska.