Kelley Machado

LCSW

About me

Hello, my name is Kelley Machado, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut. You may wonder what does Licensed Clinical Social Worker mean, what does that allow me to do? As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I have the unique opportunity to help people work through various points in their lives. In the years I have been a social worker I have worked with various populations of people from many socioeconomic, cultural, and racial backgrounds as well as people with various presenting concerns. I began my career working in the mental health system, then the criminal justice system, then onto medical social work including various medical issues as well as aging and end of life concerns.

I believe people can experience difficulties with coping whenever faced with a transition in life. These changes can include monumental transitions that are both good or bad, like a new job, new family members, loss, separations, disappointments, traumatic events, etc. These types of experiences can cause psychosocial distress which can have far reaching impacts on many aspects of our lives. I work with my clients who include children, adults, couples, and families to find healthy coping methods in order to gain a healthier perception of themselves which can help to strengthen their relationships with themselves and others so they can find themselves as comfortable, secure, and whole.

I take time to get to know each of my clients on an individual basis so that I can tailor approaches to care because I have learned that not one approach impacts and helps all clients. I have been trained and adapted many approaches to provide therapeutic support including cognitive behavioral, attachment theory, developmental theory, trauma theory, and dialectical behavioral theory.

Change is not easy and embarking on change takes a tremendous amount of courage and actions. I congratulate you on your wish, strength, and wisdom for seeking help and taking this first step towards making a change in your life. If you are prepared to move beyond wishes and intentions to action and fulfillment- I am here to empower and support you to achieve your goals. I would love to help you reach your goals, whatever that may be in life so you can move forward.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

ME LCSW LC19977

CT LCSW 005332


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Kelley Machado. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Nov 04, 2022 after therapy with Kelley for 3 years and 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and bipolar disorder

Kelley helped me through a very difficult time in my life. Not only did she provide needed support in the immediate situation I came to her with, but she helped me dig into understanding the reasons why I got there once the acute crisis was over. She is supportive but not just for the sake of it - she asks tough questions that need to be asked to help you truly reconcile, heal and grow.

Written on Jul 31, 2022 after therapy with Kelley for 4 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Kelley is absolutely amazing. Very attentive, available and helpful. Highly recommend.

Written on Jul 09, 2022 after therapy with Kelley for 2 years and 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

It's been a good experience with Kelley.

Written on Jun 08, 2022 after therapy with Kelley for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, adhd, and addictions

Kelley has been nothing short of wonderful

Written on May 17, 2022 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

With only so much experience working with Kelly Machado and BetterHelp in general, I have been pleasantly surprised by the professionalism, compassion, and patience I have received through them. I would highly recommend this platform to anyone looking for help, especially those that have had a difficult time finding a therapist in their local area

Written on Feb 13, 2022 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and anger management

I've only now had my first live session with Kelley and she was very helpful and understanding and gave me good advise. I will be definitely be scheduling more live session in the future

Written on Jan 20, 2022 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

I am very happy with Kelley she listens to me extremely well I couldn’t ask for a better person to talk to because I have a big habit of jumping to different things when we are talking she picks right up quickly .she is very easy to talk to about things and I don’t feel self conscious at all I feel like she is and old friend

Written on Jan 07, 2022 after therapy with Kelley for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning grief

I have been working with Kelly Machado for a little over a year and she has greatly helped me through the challenging times that I have faced. I have enjoyed working with her and built trust with her that we are now working on other parts of my life that I have become ready to share and grow in.

Written on Dec 12, 2021 after therapy with Kelley for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

Kelley great and very approachable. I like her style of questioning. She just asks and the conversation flows organically.

Written on Aug 03, 2021 after therapy with Kelley for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Kelley is amazing. She is warm, kind, and supportive. She goes above snd beyond to be there for you.

Written on May 16, 2021 after therapy with Kelley for 3 years and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Kelley has been working with my over a number of years to deal with my complex issues from childhood which had caused my problems in all areas of my life. She was able to not only help me achieve mental and emotionally stability but challenge some very healthy beliefs I had about myself. She was always very patient and personable with me, as well as being flexible on times of our calls.

I would highly recommend working with Kelley as without her I wouldn't have been able to achieve what I've achieved in my life over the last few years.

Written on May 06, 2021 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks

Kelley seems to understand the issues I'm facing and offering ways in which to help

Written on Apr 11, 2021 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

I've only had a few sessions with Kelley but I am already feeling a world of difference. Kelley is patient and is a fantastic listener. I feel extremely comfortable and safe in our sessions and I can't thank her enough for that!

Written on Aug 02, 2020 after therapy with Kelley for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, and compassion fatigue

Although I was skeptical at first Kelly was patient, honest, and actually listened.

She asks pertinent questions and provides feedback that demonstrates she actually heard me and that she has both the training and expertise in helping.

Written on Mar 31, 2020 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

I’ve only had a few sessions with Kelley, but she genuinely listens and offers substantial advice. I was very hesitant to return to therapy after a bad experience with another counselor (private practice) but Kelley has made the transition back a very supportive one.

Written on Mar 13, 2020 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I’ve just started with BetterHelp and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve been matched with a great counsellor names Kelley! She really listens, patient and has great insight. I can talk to her about any topic and provides great information. Thanks Kelley!

Written on Feb 01, 2020 after therapy with Kelley for 4 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Kelly is kind and patient. Also she has extremely profession incite, offered in a clear direct way that has helped me embrace real life positive changes. Highly recommend her,

Written on Jan 14, 2020 after therapy with Kelley for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Great counselor

Written on Jan 05, 2020 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and adhd

Very knowledgeable and made me comfortable from the beginning.

Written on Dec 08, 2019 after therapy with Kelley for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

I had always been skeptical about therapy, but, since working with Kelley, I feel better about the direction of my thoughts and understanding of self. She keeps us focused in sessions and offers productive and constructive feedback and direction.

Written on Jun 05, 2019 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Kelley has been nothing short of amazing in the little time that I worked with her so far. I went through two counselors on BetterHelp before I found her and I'm so glad I did. What I appreciate most about her is that she asks such insightful questions and always finds a way to tie everything together to relate it all back. I have had many 'lightbulb moments' courtesy of Kelley that I never would have imagined, simply because not only does she exhibit the emotional care to ask the right questions, but she analyzes the answers in a way that I had yet to experience with any other counselor. I would BEYOND highly recommend Kelley to anyone and I am so grateful that I found her on BetterHelp.

Written on Apr 23, 2019 after therapy with Kelley for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and adhd

I have been working. With Kelley for a couple months now. I have never had the support I receive from her from any other counselor. She has made my bad days brighten and always makes time for me even if I am unable to schedule a 1:1 session. I am looking forward to continuing my therapy and getting back To the happy person I used to be. She is helping me get my smile back. I would recommend her to anyone new to BetterHelp and thank you Kelley for being so supportive.

Written on Apr 16, 2019 after therapy with Kelley for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and grief

Kelley has been extremely supportive over the months we have worked together. She strikes a good balance between explaining certain concepts to me, and pushing me to realizations about by myself. Our sessions are always very productive and I come away with actions to work on or questions to think about so I can make progress quickly. I have seen huge improvement in myself since I started working with Kelley, and my friends and family have commented on this too. She is always kind, patient, and understanding. I would recommend Kelley in a heartbeat.

Written on Mar 24, 2019 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

In just a few sessions, Kelley has helped me see and understand unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors. She picks up on little things I say and helps me unravel my motivations, how others interact and respond to me, and offers strategies for me for future situations. She validates me and is helping me to develop confidence and better communication skills. I'm so glad I signed up for Better Help and was matched with Kelley.

Written on Feb 02, 2019 after therapy with Kelley for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Kelley has been great so far. I tend to ramble and she's able to pick out the important points and guide me to some real insights. I look forward to working with her more.

Written on Jan 02, 2019 after therapy with Kelley for 2 months on issues concerning grief, and self esteem

Kelley is amazing. I had three other counsellors before I was matched with Kelley and all I can say is...third time's a charm! She is a life-saver. Thank you, Kelley!

Written on Dec 15, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 11 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Kelley has been my greatest gift this year to myself. Kelley's ongoing support and dedication to all my problems have been amazing and I can't say enough how appreciative I am of her and BetterHelp. Just to know that someone is always there to listen is truly a relief. Thank you so much.

Written on Nov 23, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem

Kelley surely has experience my kind of issues. She is on point in every message she has sent to me and video calls we have maid. She is kind and caring. I hope many people get help from her. And I am grateful for having her understanding to make my own understanding better and to be able to win my own trust and acceptance.

Written on Oct 31, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Kelley has helped me immeasurably. She is so kind, intelligent and beyond empathetic. She has really helped me build up my confidence, and I feel like the future is brighter. I am really grateful.

Written on Aug 31, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, and intimacy-related

She's a tough cookie but that's what I need - I can be stubborn and resistant! She pushes me just enough to help me make progress towards my goals?

Written on Jun 28, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 2 months

Thank you Kelley for helping me through one of the toughest moments in my life

Written on Jun 13, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Kelly is great to deal with. She’s very compassionate and understanding. She listens to what you have to say and knows just how to help.
I would recommend anyone I know to deal with Kelly... she’s made a significant difference in helping deal with my depression.

Written on Jun 05, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

A kind & perceptive counsellor.

Written on May 30, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, family, and trauma and abuse

Kelley is very insightful. Highly recommend

Written on May 20, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

She’s the best and really understands.

Written on Apr 22, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

I have seen many therapist for treatment of depression and anxiety, however decided to use BetterHelp as I needed more ongoing support. Kelly has been a great match for me, and really helped me make lasting change, develop compassion and love for myself in a safe environment where I never get judged once. Would recommend her :)

Written on Apr 06, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, and grief

Kelley is very attentive and makes me feel comfortable.

Written on Mar 09, 2018 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Kelley has been extremely helpful. As a person who struggles with complex PTSD it was important I found someone who was knowledgeable about that. I have gone through many therapists and counselors in my past and I would have to say Kelley has been in my top 2. I have already recommended BetterHelp to friends and family.

Written on Dec 05, 2017 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Very thankful I have signed up at BetterHelp and was matched with Kelley. She is very responsive, supportive and has definitely helped me. I enjoy being able to speak with her.

Written on Oct 14, 2017 after therapy with Kelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and family

Kelley has been so supportive. It calms my mind to know that she is there and I can write to her anytime to off-load my worries and emotions. She is very responsive and I feel that she manages to sive through my rantings to find the important points. I'm very grateful for her help.

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