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Dr Chelsea Sanders

​Licensed Psychologist – she/her

Chelsea offers individualized, evidence-based care to adults on their unique paths to finding meaning, healing, and change. Her approach to therapy is deeply collaborative, valuing and respecting the rich diversity of the human experience. With comprehensive training in cognitive behavioral therapies, Dr. Sanders specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, applying relevant interventions flexibly and offering practical support in addressing clients’ barriers to full engagement with life.

Fully Remote Telehealth

Serving all of California & Utah

"Justice is one of my core values, and it is very important to me to empower, lift, and advocate for others."

What’s it like working with you?

My intention is to connect with others authentically. I do my best to understand others’ perspectives and offer evidence-based psychotherapy methods within the context of a relationship characterized by warmth and acceptance. Using my client’s values as the compass, I walk alongside them for a while and try to uncover the path that takes them to where they want to be. I take an approach of curiosity, humility, and self-awareness in this process. I am continually learning and shaping my understanding of the world and human behavior, as well as my role in this helping profession.

My Healthcare Background

I have worked with adults across the lifespan with diverse backgrounds and identities among both rural and metropolitan areas within culturally distinct U.S. regions of southern California, Utah, and Idaho. I have unique experiences offering clinical care within a variety of settings, including home-based care, residential, inpatient medical and general outpatient mental health. In these varied settings, I have witnessed a range of systemic barriers to quality healthcare and I am continually looking for ways to adapt and meet the specific needs of my clientele. Both my professional and personal experiences have strengthened my passion for supporting individuals through grief, adjustment to chronic illness or change in physical and cognitive functioning, end-of-life, life transitions, religious or spiritual questioning, chronic pain, and caregiver stress. 

My Professional Journey

I completed my PhD in Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology at Utah State University, focusing on neuropsychology and researching how lifestyle factors affect cognitive functioning in later life. My journey included a predoctoral internship at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System and a postdoctoral fellowship in Geropsychology at UCSD / San Diego VA Healthcare System. Prior to joining Grounded Therapy, I gained valuable experience in the VA healthcare system and a nonprofit healthcare organization, deepening my commitment to providing empathetic and informed care to all individuals, especially as they navigate the complexities of aging or health changes.


PSY31162 (CA) 1185312-2501 (UT)

Research & Grant Projects

  • Interaction Between Physical Activity and Genes Related to Neurotrophin Signaling in Late-Life Cognitive Performance
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients with dementia and the longitudinal costs of informal care
  • Nutritional Status and Severe Dementia, Institutionalization, and Mortality
  • Alzheimer’s Dementia
  • Use of FDA Approved Medications for Alzheimer’s Disease in Mild Dementia is Associated with Reduced Informal Costs of Care
  • Sex Differences in Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease Related to Neurotrophin Genes Polymorphisms
  • Modeling Assistive Technology Adoption for People with Dementia
  • Nutritional status is associated with faster cognitive decline and worse functional impairment in the progression of dementia
  • Closer caregiver and care-recipient relationships predict lower informal costs of dementia care

"I will do my best to connect with you and your struggle, understand and respect your worldview and values, and offer a nonjudgmental space for us to navigate a path away from suffering."


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