Kelsee Keitel
My Philosophy
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My counseling philosophy is the sum of theoretical orientation + evidence based practices + personal beliefs, outlined below. 

I believe that our thoughts are powerful and when we change our thoughts, we change our life. That is why most of my practices are rooted in Cognitive, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also lean on Acceptance and Commitment Theory, DBT, REBT, Behavioral, and Gestalt Theories.

I believe all people are capable of facilitating their own growth, healing, and self-actualization when given the right support and guidance. This is why I take a strengths-based approach to providing you with the support you need to achieve your goals as a resilient human being.

I believe that therapy is a partnership. We will work together to develop your treatment plan in order to meet your needs and achieve your goals. We are both experts in our own way. Don't expect to let therapy happen to you. Therapy is active, challenging, and hard work. But it can also be the most rewarding experience if you choose to commit to the process. 

I believe clients have a right to understand the therapeutic process. I take a psycho-educational approach with therapy, meaning that I  teach clients along the way. I will be transparent because I want you to understand the approaches we are taking, so that you are empowered. 

I believe that nature can be highly therapeutic. The outdoors can facilitate new personal insights and a unique personal growth that does not occur indoors. This is why I provide an outdoor therapy experience.

I believe that we are holistic beings, and that our physical, mental, social, and spiritual healths are intertwined; Impacting one, effects all the others. Your holistic health is important to me as your mental health counselor, so I am happy to collaborate with any other practitioners you are working with. 


I understand that traditional therapy can often seem too formal and intimidating. Staring into a therapist's eyes while sitting in a stuffy office chair isn't the best environment for every client. My solution to this is to use a soothing, positive, and strengths-based approach to help clients reach their goals while blending outdoor recreation and movement as a part of the therapeutic process. Overall, my goal is for you to feel peace and empowerment while reaching your goals.    

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Hello! My name is Kelsee Keitel. I am an outdoor leader, nationally certified counselor, and licensed educator in the state of Indiana. 

I'm passionate about empowering others through mental health care, psycho-education, and outdoor recreation, which is why I founded Hemlock Counseling Services. 

The words most often used to describe me are: Calming, Adventurous, Authentic, Sweet, and Creative.

In my free time I enjoy cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, and camping. I also enjoy cooking, taking care of my two pet bunnies, and spending time with my loved ones. I am a Bouldering Instructor and Licensed Zumba Instructor- for fun! I also host a podcast that is centered around building up outdoor communities and decreasing barriers to outdoor recreation, called Switchback: An Outdoor Community Podcast.

I have experience working with a diverse range of clients as a school counselor and outdoor educator. I completed my Bachelors degree at Indiana University, and my Masters at Butler University. I am currently practicing under supervision to complete my licensure requirements.


You can read more about my professional training and counseling philosophy below. 

My Training
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Licensed Mental Health Counselor (A)
Butler University 2019

Nationally Certified Counselor

NBCC 2019

Licensed School Counselor (Indiana, K-12)

Butler University 2019

Certified Family Life Educator (P)

Indiana University 2016

QPR Certified

Indianapolis 2018

Grief Group Facilitator Training

Brooke's Place 2018

Suicide Prevention Advocate + Volunteer

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 2021

B.S. Applied Health Science

Major- Human Development and Family Studies

Minor- Human Sexuality

Indiana University 2016

M.S. Education

School Counseling

License Mental Health Counseling

Butler University 2019

What people are saying:
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“Our world needs more mental health professionals like Kelsee!” Kathy
"[Connor] has been able to open up more and has had a more positive outlook on not only school, but life too. So happy that Kelsee has been a part of our journey!” Matthew
“Kelsee is among the best counselors that I have been fortunate enough to work with. She has gone above and beyond with her compassionate and positive approach. ” Sara
Hemlock Counseling Services
the story behind the name

As a child, most of my weekends and breaks from school were spent in the woods. One of my family's favorite adventure spots was Hemlock Cliffs in Southern Indiana. 

Throughout adolescence and into early adulthood, I spent less and less time in nature, however. 


After a series of life transitions, relational pains, and heartaches of my own, I began to reconnect with the outdoors. 

Long neighborhood walks, reflective hikes, solo backpacking trips, meditative bike-rides, rock climbing community trips, and park-bench talks with friends helped me to heal and grow through my own journey. While navigating the ebbs and flows of life, two things remained clear to me: 

1. Nature provided a nice exhale and safe setting to process my grief and pain.

2. Movement provided a sense of empowerment and healing when life seemed out of my control. 

A canopy of Hemlock trees above, and a conglomerate of rock and roots below paved the way for my own healing. 

My experience was providing personal evidence to support what I had learned as a licensed counselor and outdoor enthusiast: movement and nature can be a powerful element in the therapeutic process. 

I named my counseling practice after the Hemlock trees because they embody what I want my clients (and myself) to be:

  • They are one of the few trees that grow and thrive in dark, shady places.

  • They have deep roots which give them strength and resilience through all whether.

  • They are coniferous trees, bearing fruit (pinecones) and remaining green no matter the season.

  • They contribute greatly to the ecosystem around them, providing life-giving nutrients to the water systems nearby. 


The Hemlock trees remind us that there is still room for growth and prosperity, even amidst dark and cold storms. They demonstrate that we can still stand tall no matter the season.


It is my hope that by working with Hemlock Counseling Services, you will come to realize that you can be a Hemlock Tree too. 

- Kelsee