Life is full of transitions and change.

It can be hard to adapt, but change is possible… especially in a place where we feel seen and heard.

Welcome to my therapy practice.

I’m so glad you are here.

My name is Chelsey Suttaby and I am a therapist who works with individuals and families.

My passion for working with teenagers and young adults stemmed from my own experience navigating a rocky adolescence.

I quickly realized the importance of including families in my work when possible. I believe that the work we will do together will create systemic and lasting change.

Reach out today and let’s talk.

Self-acceptance and the desire to grow as a human being can coexist.

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People seek therapy for different reasons.

Do any of these reasons sound familiar?

  • An event happened that you are having difficulty processing
  • A transition occurred such as the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a school or job change
  • You are increasingly more stressed, anxious or burnt-out
  • You notice an increase in negative thoughts or self talk
  • Your depression or mood swings are becoming more apparent
  • Your teenager or family member is struggling and you’re not sure how to support them
  • There is more conflict in your household

I understand that it is not easy to ask for help. Whatever your concerns are, you do not have to face them alone.

There is vulnerability in asking for help. It is also an integral part of creating connection.

People have different goals for therapy.

Therapy could be a short or longer-term process. You might want to learn tools and find solutions. You might be interested in digging deeper and gaining more insight. Maybe you want to understand the roots of your current or past struggle. Either way, imagine living your life with increased:

  • Self-compassion
  • Understanding
  • Self-awareness

Visualize what you would like to accomplish in therapy. How would you know that you had achieved your goals?

All services are offered online or in-person at my office in Santa Cruz

All services are offered online or in-person at my office in Santa Cruz

Ready to take the next step?

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You are worthy of living your best life. You deserve guidance and support. Allow me to walk alongside you, as you navigate this next path.


Create a life that includes increased self compassion, meaning, and self awareness


Young Adults

Navigate your relationships and life choices with new tools, awareness, and purpose.



Develop better communication as a path to creating more understanding and peace.



In my opinion, there isn’t a bad time to start therapy. If you are considering therapy, it is probably a great time to see a therapist.

My bias is that it is best to start therapy before a crisis, but therapy can be helpful during challenging times. You can learn to navigate the situation differently and learn new coping skills to get through the ups and downs.

Finding the right therapist for you is important. There is evidence that the relationship you have with your therapist has a large impact on the effectiveness and outcome of therapy.

You might need to talk to a few therapists before finding one that works for you. It is important to feel supported, guided and also challenged. It can be helpful to ask questions of a potential therapist, including about their training and their approach to working with you.

As a therapist, I will look at your situation objectively. I will offer a safe and confidential space for you to process and explore issues and goals.

There are professional boundaries and ethical guidelines I will follow regarding confidentiality that a friend or family member is not bound by.

In addition to meeting with a therapist, support from family and friends can be incredibly helpful when safe and warranted.

We would determine the frequency of your sessions together. Some people attend therapy weekly, while others attend bi-weekly. We can always reevaluate and modify the frequency based on your needs and how you are doing.

I am considered an out of network provider. This means that I do not bill insurance directly, but I can provide you with a monthly super-bill to submit to your insurance company.

Many insurance companies reimburse for out of network sessions. I would encourage you to ask your insurance company about reimbursement rates to see what your options are.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker — LCSW #71329



  • Masters Degree in Social Work — San Jose State University
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology — University of California, Santa Cruz


Training and Experience:

  • Certified Trauma Professional Training
  • Sleep Coach Training – UC Berkeley
  • CBT for Psychosis – Felton Institute
  • CBT for Eating Disorders – Stanford University
  • Maudsley Method / Family Based Treatment for Eating Disorders – Stanford
  • DBT training and group facilitator
  • Field Instructor for MSW Interns – San Jose State University
740 Front Street Santa Cruz, CA

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