Chelsea (Crane) Quarshie
STAFF COUNSELOR Clarence Office
As a mental health therapist, I work with adults, adolescents, and children. I have a graduate studies background in a trauma-informed and human rights perspective, which has given me a meaningful lens to view my work. I recognize that each client is on their own journey to understanding, healing, and growth and my hope is to support them in that process.
I am a proud graduate of the University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work Program. Upon completing a Masters in Social Work, I took the NYS licensing exam to allow me to practice mental health therapy as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). I am in the final process of obtaining my Licensed Clinical Social Worker designation. I continue to stay current in the field through on-going training in trauma-focused therapy, teletherapy, and evidenced-based child/adolescent interventions.
Being a mental health therapist is a unique job because I can be present, provide support, and give guidance to clients in need without the relationship being reciprocal. Unfortunately in life, it can be very difficult to find a good, solid support system and I am thankful that I can provide that need for my clients. Everyone struggles with balancing the stresses of life and their mental wellness. As Christians, we collectively need to get to the point where being honest about mental health challenges is encouraged, rather than dismissed. My hope is to continue the efforts in eliminating stigma surrounding mental health.
In my spare time, my husband and I enjoy going for walks, especially near water [whether it’s a beach, waterfall, or lake]. I also love the simplicity of going to a nice coffee shop and embracing the atmosphere…and admittedly, I really love coffee!
One fun fact to share about myself is that I am a dancer. I have been dancing since I was four years old. After growing up at a local studio, I carried on with my studies at the University at Buffalo as a dance major. To me, dance is a way of communication. Things that are difficult to say with words can be communicated through movement.
A quote that I really appreciate was gifted by Maya Angelou: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” I believe creativity comes in many forms and certainly therapy sessions are a welcoming place for creativity!