Kelsey Harris, M.Ed., CCLS
Kelsey’s life verse: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
Kelsey Harris completed her Master of Education degree with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee- Martin in August of 2022. Prior to her graduate studies, Kelsey graduated with 2 Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Alabama in Human Development with concentrations in Child Life and Early Child Development. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to complete two internships. These internships were in Child Life at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and in Early Intervention with a non-profit organization, Youth Advocate Services. She was then hired on at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a Certified Child Life Specialist in the Level 1 Trauma Center Emergency Department, providing psychosocial interventions to children and families experiencing new medical diagnoses, traumatic injuries, and a wide array of medical emergencies.
After three years of working in Ohio, Kelsey’s southern roots brought her to Memphis. She began working at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital where she has been for the past 5 years. She has continued her work as a Certified Child Life Specialist, which led her to seek out additional education to enable her to work with children and families in a different capacity outside of healthcare. She completed her Clinical Mental Health Counseling internship under the supervision of Dr. Cyndi Jordan at Heartlife where she began seeing individual clients, co-leading a counseling group, and assisting with psycho-educational testing. She has now accepted a counseling position at HeartLife and has begin the journey toward counseling licensure!
Kelsey has extensive experience related to medical interventions/trauma, sudden unanticipated death, and anxiety in children. Her counseling style leans more towards a Cognitive Behavioral and Person-Centered approach, where she incorporates art and play into sessions as appropriate. Her passion lies in working with children and teens navigating the difficulty of day-to-day life, identity development and healing from past trauma or abuse.
Outside of her studies and work, Kelsey enjoys reading books of any genre, aimlessly wandering down the aisles at Target and finding new recipes to prepare meals that redefine her dietary “restrictions!”