Chelsea Stroud

Chelsea Stroud

lpc-intern mckinney tx

Chelsea Stroud


LPC, LCDC-Intern

Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern McKinney, TX

My interest in psychology began when I took my first intro to psychology class while working on by Bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech University.  I became absolutely intrigued by the countless capabilities of the human mind and what drives human behavior. From there, my interest in the counseling field sparked, and I began my journey of becoming a psychotherapist – a never-ending journey of a lifetime.

I obtained my Master’s of Science degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University, where I learned more about human behavior and the innate needs and desires of human beings.  While at SMU, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where I became experienced in conflict resolution and mediation. Through more coursework at SMU, I developed a deep love for working with children and therefore, began specializing in Play Therapy.  I also studied abroad in Darwin, Australia where I provided Brief-Intensive Play Therapy to young children for the purposes of a research study; my aspiration to work with children only intensified from there. During my Practicum and Internship at SMU, I gained invaluable experience in Play Therapy, Activity Therapy, Individual Therapy, and Group Therapy for a wide range of clientele.  After graduating from SMU, I expanded my counseling knowledge and experience by working in many settings, including private practice, schools, and addiction centers. The training and experience I have gained in the counseling field through the years have had such a positive and meaningful impact on my overall perspective on life and the person I am today.

I believe people are naturally good and have a responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and that they choose behaviors that they think will provide them with a sense of societal importance.  I perceive humans as worthwhile, creative, goal-oriented in nature, and best understood in their own social contexts. I believe that low social interest, feelings of inferiority, and discouragement lead to maladjustment.  I believe that people have a set of faulty beliefs about themselves and the world and this leads to feeling inferior and becoming discouraged and withdrawn from the world. I believe people must have a desire to change and show this through their actions.  People can change their faulty beliefs when a counselor helps them gain insight into these beliefs and they acknowledge them. Then they must take accountability, acknowledge their freedom of choice, and learn to maintain control. The only person who can make a change in someone’s life is the individual him/herself.  As a counselor, my role is only to guide and go with you on this journey of self-awareness.

I am trained to work with a wide range of clients and I use many therapeutic modalities, such as Play Therapy, Activity Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy, in order to tailor the therapy to fit the exact needs of each of my clients.


BA in Psychology from Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX

MS in Counseling from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Licenses and Certification

Licensed Professional Counselor


CCA Therapist Since


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