Chelsea Balzer (MA, PLMHP) is a trauma therapist and interdisciplinary artist. In her creative and therapeutic work, she studies the relationship between culture and mental health.
Guided by a love of cross-genre, Chelsea works in a variety of mediums including poetry and memoir, music, and movement-based performance. She regularly hosts workshops and panels, creates educational content through her advocacy project Big Feels Lab, and is passionate about fostering spaces where individuals from diverse backgrounds can turn toward each other more fully.
A recent fellow with the American Psychological Association, Chelsea holds degrees from Boston College and Creighton University. She has trained and collaborated with the Justice Resource Institute, Aetherplough, The Naturalist School, the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, Creative Somatics, Omaha Girls Rock, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, The Center for Mindful Living, The Tender Edge, The Graduate Consortium for Women's Studies at MIT, and others.
Originally from the Midwest, Chelsea currently lives and works in the California Bay Area. When not creating, she can be found offering individual therapy, performing poetry and music, leading events and panel discussions, and starting dance parties in the woods. Her debut poetry collection, Fruit Diaries, is forthcoming.