Chelsea Harper, LPC, LMHC, BC-DMT founded Moving to Balance in Portland, Oregon, in 2005. She has worked professionally with children, teens, adults, and families in therapeutic and educational settings since 1997. Chelsea received her master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in 2003. In 2005 she became registered at the advanced national level as a board-certified dance/movement therapist and certified as a National Certified Counselor, and in 2006 she became a Registered Yoga Teacher. She is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington. Her experience as a participant in the Commonweal Cancer Help Program and later as a practitioner and then faculty in the Healing Circles: Advanced Cancer Support Training helped her to realize her passion for supporting people to discover new perspectives on healing.

Chelsea has provided local, national, and international presentations and trainings on a variety of subjects. She has developed dance/movement therapy and other creative arts programs in settings ranging from domestic violence shelters to preschools to an adolescent eating disorder clinic. Her work has included additional training and experience in parent/child attachment, effects of prenatal drug/alcohol exposure, community-based consultation with families and schools, brain development, alcohol/drug abuse, eating disorders, social justice in mental health, and working with cancer survivors. She has also contributed her program coordination and management skills to various mental health and community settings, with an eye for the details and organization that make programs run successfully.

Chelsea grew up in New York state and went to college at Brown University, majoring in American Racial Identity. Her lifelong love of the ocean and being outdoors led to working on sailing ships and leading wilderness therapy expeditions for teens before settling in Portland with her partner and their daughter. Diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer at age 35, she is passionate about supporting cancer survivors and their families to live well despite cancer.

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