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Community Highlights: Meet Chelsea Vinas of Therapize – Therapy with Chelsea

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Vinas.

Hi Chelsea, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
There are so many people and places that have led me to where I am today. I NEVER thought I would own my own business and even if that thought may have briefly crossed my mind, I definitely did not think I would run a business full-time in my 20s.

I followed the rules most of my life, after high school, I went to college because I thought that is what you do and then after college, I went to graduate school. I was told when I was in high school by a school staff member, it was very unlikely I would even get into college due to my grades. I laugh now when I think of that memory because of how far I have come in my education.

After graduate school, I was dumped into the world of full-time mental health agency work. I was lost not being a student anymore, burnt out, and experiencing the worst anxiety of my life. I had to take time off of work due to how severe my anxiety was (I know what you’re thinking and yes therapists also have mental health concerns). It was through my own therapy journey that I realized that I had a choice, I could remain burnt out and miserable with paycheck stability OR I could walk away, get uncomfortable, and possibly lead a more fulfilling life.

Once I completed all my clinical hours, I resigned from that agency job and traveled for a bit when seemingly out of nowhere, COVID happened. You know when people say don’t leave a job until you have another one lined up? Yeah, I learned this lesson the hard way. I had no jobs lined up, my license was not approved yet, and I was sitting in limbo for months. I took this time to work on myself, mentally and physically while studying for my licensing exam.

Finally, I passed my exam and pretty soon after I am offered interview after interview. The job I really wanted did not hire me after 3 lengthy interviews. I was absolutely crushed and it was in that pain that I decided to begin my own business part-time. I was scared, doubtful, and having severe imposter syndrome. However, I knew working for myself and my clients would allow me the time freedom I was really after.

I began my business with $400 to my name in February 2021 and now serve over 30 clients per month. Even though at times it has been scary and uncertain, I have never regretted my choice to work for myself. I was able to move to another state and I travel as frequently as I like, there is no boss to approve or deny time off.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It is never a smooth road when you are a first gen business owner. I did not know the first thing of running a business and had to ask those who have started one before me for all the help, support, and education they could give. There were some months in the beginning where you aren’t sure if financially you can keep going, but my stubbornness would not let me stop. Even as the business continues to expand, there is so much more to learn that I know nothing about. That is why it is so important to get support when you need it, which is what I have done every step of the way.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I run Therapize – Therapy with Chelsea which is a virtual mental health private practice. I work primarily with young adults who are struggling with their mental health, either anxiety, depression, life transition, or trauma. Something I am proud of is my ability to tailor treatment to each individual, I don’t treat any client the same because their background, upbringing, and symptoms will all present differently. I also pride myself in being very warm, direct, and transparent with my clients. If I am noticing something in their behaviors or emotions, I am going to also make them aware of it to better themselves. I also do love working with couples who are having trouble communicating with one another, there is something very fulfilling to help others in their relationships as relationships are something I value so much in my life.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
So because a lot of my job is self-care and self-help, I tend to stay away from those types of podcasts and books lol. However, I absolutely love reading on my kindle. Any book that is mysterious or has lots of turns, you can likely find me reading. Reading is a way for me to unwind after a day of seeing clients and I highly suggest it to anyone who is looking to calm down after a long day.

If I had to choose one self-help book that really helped me in life, business, and relationships it would be The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Interesting podcasts are Smartless and Arm Chair Expert, both run by celebrities who provide interviews you typically would not see through the main media.

Something that really helps me mentally and physically to do my best is maintaining some kind of physical exercise. This could be workout classes, walking, running, or jump roping. I love being active because it does so much for my mental health. If you can find something that makes you forget you’re being active, hold onto it!


  • $150/individual therapy session
  • $180/family or couple therapy session

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All photo credit goes to Justin Cortez

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