Chelsea Nagel, M.Ed.

Resident in Counseling
Phone: 202.394.5060
Fax: 703.356.0633

Chelsea Nagel is a Resident in Counseling working toward her licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, families, and communities during both times of strength and adversity. Through her warm and empathetic nature, passion for mental wellness, and willingness to advocate for the needs of her clients and families, she aims to support children’s social, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Chelsea believes that children and adolescents are most effectively supported when families, clinicians, educational professionals, and other members of their community are involved.

Chelsea also has eight years of experience as a school counselor within Fairfax County Public Schools. She has worked with diverse student populations with varying needs including anxiety, depression, family changes, behavioral concerns, executive functioning, and emotional dysregulation. Chelsea’s approach to psychotherapy is eclectic, modifying her approach when necessary to address client needs. She most frequently uses techniques from Child Centered Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, trauma-informed care, and mindfulness.

Private Services Offered

  • Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents, and Families
  • Play and Art Therapy
  • Parent Guidance
  • School Consultation

Psychotherapy Treatment Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation/Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Oppositional, Defiant, and Explosive Behaviors
  • Problematic School Behaviors
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-Harming Behaviors
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Social Stressors
  • Social Skills and Peer Relationships
  • Bullying
  • Parenting Relationships
  • Trauma
  • PTSD


  • Post-Master's Certificate in Mental Health Counseling, George Washington University, Alexandria, VA, 2020
  • Master of Education in Counseling and Development, Concentration in School Counseling PK-12, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA, 2012


  • Temporary License as a Resident in Counseling with the Commonwealth of Virginia, 2023-Present
  • Pupil Services Personnel License, Virginia Department of Education, 2015-Present
  • American Counseling Association (ACA), Clinical Member, 2023-Present
  • Williams et al. "Academically Resilient, Low-Income Students' Perspectives of How School Counselors Can Meet Their Academic Needs", Professional School Counseling Journal, 2016