Chelsea Smorstad 1597981 photo

Chelsea Smorstad, LISW

  • Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Accepting New Patients

UnityPoint Provider

  • Hospital Affiliations:
    • St. Luke's Hospital
  • Gender: Female

About Chelsea Smorstad, LISW

Undergraduate Education
  • Luther College: BSW - Social Work
  • Graduate Education
    • St. Ambrose University: LISW - Social Work
Focus Areas
  • Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Social Work


Why did you become a mental health service provider?  I became a therapist because I have a passion for helping others live an empowering life while overcoming challenges.
What qualities best describe the care you provide to your patients? I am a compassionate, empathic and caring individual who seeks to understand my patients’ points of view and offer emotional support through solution-focused interventions. I meet patients where they are at emotionally and help empower them to use their strengths to improve their situations and process solutions.
Being a healthcare provider, what drives/motivates you each day? I am driven by a need to help others figure out how the pieces of their life fit together. 
What is the most important message you would like to share with your patients? I would like patients to know their struggles and challenges do not define who they are as a person.
What would you like your patients to know about you? I have a very supportive and strengths-based approach when working with people.
Are there any fun facts that you would like the community to know about you?  I enjoy seeing what I can grow from seeds, such as lemon seeds, avocado pits, mango seeds, coconuts, etc. I have a 5- to 6-year-old lemon tree I grew from seed. I am experimenting with preserving my pepper harvest by pickling the hot peppers and drying others for spices.  
Personal Interests: I am a plant person. I love gardening and nature, and I am a casual runner, inspirational quote finder, animal caretaker and coffee drinker.  

Substance abuse, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem and stress.