• Passionate about working with client’s struggling with anxiety, self-esteem, identity, relationship and sex difficulties, as well as trauma.
  • Provides a genuine, collaborative, and safe therapy space for clients to help them discover and explore their authentic selves.
  • Conducts individual and couples counseling services and incorporates mindfulness and strengths based approaches
  • Dedicated to working with individuals of all backgrounds taking a multicultural approach and being culturally sensitive using a non-judgmental and non-assuming processes.
  • Utilizes an integrative approach to counseling using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Trauma-Focused Therapy.
Kelsey Manzi


“I believe that shame lives in the past and fear lives in the future and that it’s when we fully live in the present moment that we find peace, hope, and the ability to discover our authentic selves.”

Kelsey knows that making the decision to start counseling is oftentimes the hardest part of the process. This is why she seeks to meet clients where they are at, and creates a safe, genuine, and non-judgmental environment where clients can feel free to be their authentic selves. She believes that we all come from different walks of life and that we each have a unique story. Whether you’re familiar and comfortable with the therapy process or new to counseling, Kelsey will meet you wherever you are in your process with respect and empathy to process and explore your unique life story and goals.

Kelsey first and foremost believes that the most important aspect of counseling is the therapeutic relationship, which is why she takes the time to actively listen, encourages feedback, and moves at a pace that works for you. Kelsey is an authentic and kind person who enjoys helping clients meet their goals. She uses an integrative style to counseling and believes that therapy isn’t a one-size fits all approach. Kelsey takes a multicultural approach and values the diverse background that each client brings. Working from a trauma informed perspective, Kelsey fosters a space for you to feel comfortable to be honest and vulnerable in session in order to explore emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and create lasting positive change. Kelsey utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Approach to help clients who are feeling stuck, by focusing on identifying and decreasing negative thought patterns and self-limiting beliefs. She also utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients better understand and move through their emotional experiences easier and embrace their feelings, reducing emotions such as guilt, sadness or anxiety.

At Next Step Counseling, Kelsey effectively and successfully works with concerns surrounding anxiety, life transitions, self-esteem, trauma, and depression. She also works well with those experiencing relationship difficulties, and has a compassionate understanding of navigating both the single-life as well as dating patterns and relationship discord and sexual difficulties. Kelsey is passionate about working with clients who struggle with shame, being vulnerable and feeling worthy. She seeks to empower clients to explore these themes within the therapeutic space.

Kelsey is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University. When she’s not in the office she enjoys reading, traveling, watching reality television, spending time with friends, and considers herself a foodie. Originally from North Carolina, she’s been enjoying exploring Chicago and trying new things.