Kelsey Borden, LSW

​Kelsey Borden, LSW

Kelsey Borden, LSW

Bethany Commons, Hazlet Office / Telehealth

 

SCHOOL BACKGROUND

Kelsey completed her undergraduate education at Roger Williams University and obtained a Master’s degree from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in Social Work.

LIST EXPERIENCE

Kelsey has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families using various theoretical techniques such as Strengths-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. Kelsey draws from diverse theoretical orientations in her clinical work and is experienced working with a broad range of presenting problems, including counseling for adolescents and adults affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, and/or trauma as well as teens and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, and self-harm.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS / TRAININGS

She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Kelsey is also a member of the New Jersey Coalition Againist Sexual Assault (NJCASA).

 

Areas Treated:

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Panic Disorder
  • LGBTQ
  • Families and Couples
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Chronic Pain
  • Social Justice

 

Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Kelsey uses various mindfulness and body-awareness techniques to increase life satisfaction measures and decrease any symptoms of anxiety and depression. She integrates principles of cognitive behavior therapy with various mindfulness techniques to bridge mind and body awareness.

 


  1. Why did you choose to become a therapist?

I became a therapist because I believe in the power of having a safe and nonjudgmental space to articulate and explore our experiences, worries, fears, and joys. Therapy allows a person to not feel so alone in their life experiences. I’ll never forget the people in my life who have given me permission to be my full self. My intention is to provide that to all of my clients.

  1. What do you love most about being a therapist? 

I love being a witness to a person’s growth and evolution. I love when a person feels comfortable enough to express a thought or feeling they’ve never spoken aloud. I’m honored when clients feel safe enough to be vulnerable.

  1. What improvements have you seen with your clients in general?

The improvements I’ve seen with clients in general are both big and small. Improvements are internal and external. For external improvements, I’ve seen clients be able to excel at public speaking where they’ve previously had panic attacks. I’ve seen clients be able to enter into healthy relationships where they’ve previously been in abusive or unhealthy relationships. Internally, I’ve seen clients be able to build their self-worth and sense of self.

  1. How would you describe your personality?

I would describe my personality as warm, kind, and engaging. I love being a therapist, but I am also a human who brings their personality into the therapeutic space.

  1. How would you best describe your style, interventions used, area of focus as a therapist:

I would describe my style as an eclectic. Overall, I utilize a strengths-based approach with my clients. I will also incorporate aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) into the strengths-based approach. Additionally, I will utilize mindfulness practices in session with clients.

  1. What do you love to do for mindfulness, self-care, or in your free time? 

In my free time, I enjoy taking walks, laying in the grass with the sun on my face, reading fiction, roller skating, and going to the movies (particularly during the day when prices are discounted!). I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places.