My name is Chelsea and I am a clinical psychologist, licensed in the states of Illinois and Michigan. I completed my doctoral training in clinical psychology and have a Doctor of Psychology degree. I have worked with a variety of clients in my nine years of clinical work. My approach to therapy is a combination of Family-Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Client-Centered. This means that I like to understand how your environment (family, work, neighborhood, city, country, society) affect you and your ability to solve problems. I sometimes find it helpful to examine the relationships between your thoughts, feelings, and actions, and work to change unhelpful thoughts. I also like to go my client's pace and work on the goals that are most important to you.
I have been lucky to work with many different people on several different goals. My specialty is working with individuals affected by substance use, including those currently using, trying to stop, those who have been in recovery for a long period of time, and the family and friends affected by substance use. I have major experience in treating depression, anxiety, and symptoms related to stressful events and trauma. I can also help with family/relationship issues, life transitions, sleep difficulty, body-image/ self-esteem and motivation.
Asking for help is not any easy thing for anyone. I am always so humbled by my clients' bravery and the strength it takes to reach out. I am so excited for the opportunity to work with you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Co-morbidity, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Guilt and Shame, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MI Psychologist 6301018607
IL Psychologist 071009812
I started with Better Help at a crisis point in my life over two years ago and was connected to Dr. Dumas. She has been an invaluable sounding board who has offered concrete advice and practical tools to address the various challenges and opportunities for my growth. She is empathetic and knowledgeable, but also challenges me to consider other perspectives and helps me to see situations in a different light. She is an integral part of my self care and helps me to prioritize my mental health.
Written on Sep 08, 2023 after therapy with Chelsea for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem
Wonderful helping me through some tough mental times.
Written on Dec 31, 2020 after therapy with Chelsea for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Dr. Dumas has been amazing. She is very knowledgeable and understanding, and has given me a wide variety of tools that I use in my daily life to maintain my mental health. I am definitely noticing a lot of change in myself and I am very thankful for all of her support.
Written on Aug 23, 2020 after therapy with Chelsea for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem
Dr. Dumas has presented me with a ton of insight into my battles with addiction and substance abuse. She has been a rock in my life over the past few months when I actually became serious about battling my alcoholism. I’m looking forward to addressing other issues in life with her. 10/10
Written on Nov 01, 2019 after therapy with Chelsea for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties
I came to BetterHelp after I had a poor experience with a counseling center in my town. Dr. Dumas has done a great job at making me feel like I’m heard and like my feelings are valid. Overall I am extremely satisfied and would recommend her to anyone!
Written on Oct 12, 2019 after therapy with Chelsea for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
Dr. Dumas has been very helpful in helping me understand different things. She replies back pretty quickly and types long replies. She has offered graphics that have been very helpful. Would recommend her to anyone, she’s been great.
Written on Aug 03, 2019 after therapy with Chelsea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and self esteem