Kelsey Varzeas, Ed.M., CMPC

Kelsey Varzeas, Ed.M., CMPC (she/her/hers) is a Counselor trainee who believes asking for help is one of the bravest things human beings can do.

She recognizes that therapy can be a powerful and engaging process. As a result of this, she aims to provide a compassionate and non-judgemental space to process and get curious around thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviors.

Kelsey is a doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University and is projected to graduate and become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in 2022. She is enrolled in the Educational Studies Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program at The Ohio State University, where her dissertation research explores wellness, stress, and coping for women collegiate student athletes.

Kelsey received her Master of Education degree in Counseling with a specialization in Sport and Performance Psychology from Boston University. Upon graduation from Boston University, Kelsey became a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC), which demonstrates the highest standards of professional practice for sport and performance psychology consultants.

Kelsey is interested in providing services to individuals of all ages. She specializes in working with individuals who identify as athletes honoring the various ways individuals define the term athlete (i.e., youth, elite, student athlete, recreational, masters, etc.). Kelsey has experience providing clients with support in the areas of sport and performance psychology education, mental/psychological skills training, retirement from sport, identity transitions, stress and coping, self-confidence and self-love, depression and anxiety, and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport.
Additionally she centers her work around providing support for athletes working through body image issues and disordered/disconnected eating.

Kelsey acknowledges the unique social, cultural, physical, and mental stressors that athletes face as compared to their non-athlete peers. Using an integrative approach to address each client’s unique needs, Kelsey aims to unite the separation between the sport and clinical worlds. Her therapeutic approach weaves aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness interventions. Kelsey’s goal as a clinician is to appreciate the distinctive aspects of each client to help them feel supported and challenged to make changes at their own pace. Doing so, honors each client’s story: past, present, and future.

Kelsey feels extremely passionate about addressing fatphobia, size-ism, and body oppression in the current culture and sporting world. She believes in the importance of continually reflecting upon and challenging structural inequalities to engage in a process of intentional conversation around social justice issues and how these issues shape an individual’s story.

In addition to her professional, scholarly, and clinical lives, you will most certainly find Kelsey in the outdoors. As a nature lover, she finds great pleasure expressing herself through downhill skiing, hiking, running, and other active pursuits. She honors the importance of rest and recovery through reading, journaling, and laughing.

Kelsey can be reached at (614) 245-5544 or at Kelsey.Varzeas@KovacsCounseling.com.