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.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder
LCSW #005332 (Expires: 2020-01-31)
Kelley is absolutely amazing! I saw 2 in person counselors and 3 other Better ]Help counselors before finding Kelley, and I knew within minutes she was the right counselor for me. She is warm and engaging, incredibly knowledgeable, has amazing insight, and gives wonderful suggestions. She has a talent for getting right to the heart of the matter which is exactly what I was looking for. I get so much out of every session, and walk away with new ideas and tools to tackle the things in my life I am struggling with. I can't say enough good things about Kelley; I feel so blessed to have found her!
Very knowledgeable and made me comfortable from the beginning.
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.
Kelley is great. Easy to open up to, talk to, and gives great guidance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Kelley is like no professional I’ve ever worked with before. She asks questions and points out behaviour that I have never and would never recognise myself. Kelley understands and dives to the root cause to work our way back through. I’m relatively new to working with Kelley, but she has helped me more in the few sessions we’ve had compared to other professionals I’ve wirked with for months. I didn’t even recognise that other professionals were not as effective for me until I started working with Kelley. I’m really glad I joined, and I’m thankful for Kelley’s strengths.
Thank you Kelley for helping me through one of the toughest moments in my life
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.
A kind & perceptive counsellor.
Kelley is very insightful. Highly recommend
She’s the best and really understands.
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 :)
Kelley is very attentive and makes me feel comfortable.
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.
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.
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.