Chelsea  Dodgen

Chelsea Dodgen


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Master of Social Work, MSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California, New York Accepting Online
Updated January 15, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Medical professionals' mental health
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Chelsea Dodgen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker seeing clients who are based in New York and California. Chelsea's focus is working with adults who have experienced trauma or loss. This includes victims of violence, those grieving significant losses, and people who've been diagnosed with frightening illnesses. She also specializes in clients who are traumatized in the course of their work, such as medical professionals, essential workers, and journalists. Many of Chelsea’s clients to therapy come to address the long term impacts of trauma and prolonged grief reactions. They often feel disconnected from their lives, from other people, and from who they used to be.

In working with her clients, Chelsea draws from treatments under the umbrella of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including mindfulness, somatic awareness and trauma processing. She works collaboratively with clients to create goals for their work together so she and clients are clear about where they're headed. She teaches clients how to integrate their experiences into their current lives so they can feel a sense of control over their mood and can begin to reconnect with what is important to them. Clients learn how to bring this new self into their current lives, making it possible to have suffered and also to have a rich and fulfilling future.

Chelsea earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley. She has nearly 20 years experience working with trauma in private practice, non-profits, and hospitals. She has received specialized training from global leaders in prolonged grief and trauma treatments and trains therapists to conduct trauma work across cultures. She is certified in both Trauma-Focused CBT and Prolonged Grief Treatments (Level 2).

Message to clients

Finding a therapist is daunting for anyone, especially for people who've experienced trauma or loss. For many, the idea of talking about what happened to them is terrifying and trusting someone to hear their story can feel impossible. I find that for many of my clients, this time now, when you are looking for help and trying to find a new therapist, is the hardest part of the journey.

For that reason, I believe strongly in clients feeling safe and in control during our sessions. Trauma and loss are extreme forms of having your control taken from you, and part of my job is to slowly help you feel you have agency again, over your mood, your thoughts and how you move through the world. We'll practice that first in the safety of our sessions, and learn to take the skills you have to your everyday life. Though I bring a level of experience and expertise around healing, you are the expert in you, and it's when we collaborate together that meaningful and lasting change is made.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Medical professionals' mental health - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Chelsea Dodgen is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $195 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 6am-1pm
  • Wed 6am-1pm
  • Thu 6am-1pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 7am-4pm
  • Wed 7am-4pm
  • Thu 7am-4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 18 years

ASSIST Trauma Care, London UK, Specialist Trauma Psychotherapist, 2023 - Present
Weill Cornell Human Rights Clinic, New York, NY, Pro Bono Psychological Evaluator for Asylum Seekers, 2018 - Present
The Family Center, Brooklyn NY, Consultant Director, Bienestar Project, 2019 - 2020
The Family Center, Brooklyn NY, Trauma Therapist, 2017 - 2019
ASSIST Trauma Care, London UK, Specialist Trauma Psychtotherapist, 2014 - 2017
UCSF Trauma Recovery Center, San Francisco CA, Clinical Social Worker, 2006 - 2014

University of California, Berkeley, MSW, 2006
Bates College, BA, 2000


California: 26213

New York: 086349-01