- Master of Social Work
- Bachelor’s in Psychology, Texas A&M University
- Master’s in Social Work, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
KELSEY SHEPPARD, MSW
Operations Manager at Ethos Behavioral Health Group
In many ways, Kelsey has always known that she wanted to be a therapist. She loved talking with people and learning their stories, and many trusted her to hear and hold their troubles. In high school, she fell in love with the brain during an advanced psychology course and eventually found herself at Texas A&M majoring in Psychology, where she worked in an EEG lab conducting studies on racial bias in college students. While pursuing her bachelor’s, Kelsey found that she preferred the client-facing side of psychology, and she went on to earn her master’s in social work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, graduating in August of 2020.
Given that the core values and code of ethics of social work align perfectly with her professional values, Kelsey sees her career as the best choice she has made. As a queer therapist, she specializes in gender, sexuality and related periods of transition, especially within the young adult and adolescent populations. Though she has a psychodynamic background, Kelsey is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Her practice is informed by multiple therapeutic approaches, including DBT, Solution-Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Kelsey cherishes the opportunity to interact with clients and be entrusted with their stories, and she aims to impart upon them the tools needed to face the pain they have or continue to experience. She hopes to ensure they are always staying true to themselves, and that the skills and coping mechanisms they develop honor their core beliefs and coincide with their values.
With a passion for process, project management and streamlining best practices for client care, Kelsey also serves in an operational capacity for Ethos Behavioral Health Group. This role allows her to not only help clients, but help those who help clients, and she finds it extremely rewarding to make sure Ethos clinicians have all the resources and tools needed to be successful and feel supported.