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 facilitates workshops and panels 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.
When not performing, Chelsea can be found offering individual therapy, leading events through her mental health advocacy project Big Feels Lab, and starting dance parties in the woods. Her debut poetry collection, Fruit Diaries, is forthcoming.