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Hidden Gems: Meet Kelsi Grove of Grove Counseling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsi Grove.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I never actually planned to go to graduate school, to be honest. For a long time, I didn’t have a clear vision at all of what I wanted to “do” with my life. I danced competitively from age six, including in college at UMKC, and was offered an assistant coaching position post-undergrad which came with a tuition reimbursement for a graduate degree. Something in my gut steered me toward the Counseling and Guidance program and, without really knowing it was my intuition, I trusted it. I trusted it through all three years of a fairly grueling graduate program (which included several hundred hours of unpaid internships) when I wanted to drop out, when my own mental health was tanking, and when I was convinced I didn’t have it in me to do this work. These experiences turned out to be some of the most valuable insights because they allow me to connect with people, often at their lowest, when they come in to see me for help. They allow me to connect on a pretty basic human level because pain recognizes pain. Perseverance recognizes perseverance. Post-graduation, I stayed on at my internship site to provide Intensive Outpatient services to teens and built my own private practice. Through doing my own work with my therapist, I was introduced to the Enneagram and this literally rocked my world. I’ve since done several trainings (including a nine months long apprenticeship program) to integrate the Enneagram into my therapy practice and to eventually launch a coaching practice alongside my clinical work. I started my professional Instagram to hopefully contribute to the de-stigmatizing of therapy and talking about mental health in general, as well as to share about the helpfulness of the Enneagram in doing inner work.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Graduate school has been one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life so far. Late night classes, tons of unpaid hours, the pressure (both internal and external) of working face-to-face with people in crisis or who simply expect you to have the answers… all of this and more brought me to a place I had never been in emotionally. It was an experience of getting through, rather than enjoying or savoring the journey. I now know that had its place and it positively impacts how I am able to successfully connect with people now, but that felt almost impossible to believe could happen at the time. Post-grad, I started seeing my own therapist and dove head-first into long withstanding and unprocessed trauma from my childhood. What many clients don’t realize is how good therapy sort of messes things up for you a bit – for me, it was realizing how many unhealthy patterns I carried with me that I learned as a child, which were not helpful anymore. Through doing this work, I found myself again and it lit a fire in me to help my clients do the same. The older I get, the more I see a pattern: the mountain peaks and valleys both have their purpose, and you have to go through one to get to the other.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I offer individual, couples and family mental health counseling to teens and adults. I have a special place in my heart (and lots of extra training) for people struggling with anxiety, depression and identity concerns. I primarily work from a person-centered lens, which means my most basic belief is that the therapist/client relationship should be safe, supportive and empathetic, no matter what. Therapy should feel like a place you can turn yourself inside out if needed. I also utilize DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and mindfulness to help teach coping tools for anxiety and depression. One thing that I see as unique (and cool) is I also integrate the Enneagram into therapy if so desired by my client. The Enneagram is a personality type theory based in core motivations and core fears. It helps explain the “why” behind our behaviors and helps us more clearly see the boxes we often unconsciously put ourselves into so we can step out of them. It has been life-changing for me personally and I am so excited to share it professionally with others. I currently have two offices (one in Olathe and one in Overland Park), am self-pay with a generous sliding scale, and will be soon offering a separate coaching program for those interested specifically in Enneagram work for anxiety.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I think each new generation is pushing boundaries in a major way for mental health. I am constantly blown away, especially by my teen clients, with how open they are about their struggles. I have provided telehealth sessions DURING the school day over the past 18 months (due to COVID) because school districts were willing to be flexible and to prioritize students’ mental health. I never would have imagined that level of support two years ago. My biggest hope is that mental health services continue becoming more accessible to people and that people feel they can utilize them without fear of judgment, losing their job, etc.

Pricing:

  • 50 minute sessions: $50-75 (currently)
  • 90 minute sessions: $100

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Image Credits
Mari Charlson Photography

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