Chelsea P. Renna, Psy.D.
Background Experience: Dr. Chelsea Renna is a licensed clinical psychologist with ten years of experience treating and assessing a wide range of clients. While earning her doctorate degree, she held several clinical positions. She first started out in the field of community mental health, working with an under-served population of children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a wide range of psychological difficulties and life stressors. Chelsea then spent time as an outpatient therapist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center, working with cancer patients and their families, where she helped individuals and families to cope with a diagnosis of cancer. For her doctoral internship, Chelsea worked for 2 years as a college counselor in the Disabilities Services department, helping college students with both physical and learning disabilities adjust and succeed in college.
Upon graduation, Chelsea obtained an outpatient therapist position serving the North Philadelphia community, where she specialized in working with teens and adults facing a wide range of issues. After obtaining her license as a clinical psychologist, Chelsea began work in the private practice setting, continuing her outpatient work. She also developed and ran groups for children facing anxiety and social skills issues and performed assessments for at-risk youth. Chelsea has given presentations in the areas of childhood anxiety, biofeedback, mind-body connections, stress management for college students, and helping parents get through homework struggles with their children. She also has an interest in psychological assessment for the purposes of treatment planning, progress monitoring, and diagnosis.
Counseling Approach: Clients have found Chelsea’s demeanor to be genuine, warm, and accepting. Her approach is research-based and tailored to meet a person’s needs. She primarily draws on techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness approaches. Techniques from these approaches help clients to develop healthy coping skills, self-awareness and self-acceptance, and improve various other areas of life such as relationships, work, and family life. Chelsea believes that the relationship and trust with her clients is key, and without these change cannot occur. Therefore, she takes time to meet clients where they are at and individualize her approach. Chelsea helps others to see their strengths and break through barriers to reach their potential.
- Adults, Children 12+, Individual Counseling
- Anxiety, depression, health/medical issues, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, mindfulness and relaxation techniques
- Widener University, M.A., Psy.D.
- Drexel University, B.S.
- Health/medical issues
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Relaxation techniques