Kelli Garcia


About Me

I started work as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at the age of 17. Through this work I discovered an ability to connect with and help people when they were struggling and in need of a supportive hand. I worked as a CNA through undergrad where I received a B.A. in Sociology and Human Services from Fort Lewis College in Durango. I continued to work in social and human services, teaching people with disabilities to ski and snowboard, in shelters, and eventually ended up as a Social Services Director at a skilled nursing facility. It was at this time that I realized I would be able to make more of a difference with a professional degree. Thus, I applied and was accepted into the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle. I received my Masters in Social Work in 2012. I worked over the next three years, under clinical supervision to obtain my Social Worker Independent Clinical License (LICSW) in WA State, and then went on to get my LCSW in CO. I moved back to Colorado in December of 2014 and have returned to the rural community I grew up in.
I have experience with a wide variety of life circumstances that often leave people marginalized, confused, scared, or unsure of what steps to take. Areas of service include supporting people in temporary life transitions to chronic situations, such as: death and dying, grief and loss, medical issues, mental illness (anxiety to severe and persistent mental illness), substance use, suicidal ideation or other crisis intervention, trauma, and overcoming stigma and prejudice. I take a person centered and trauma informed approach, because the relationship is the foundation of positive change. I also have a good understanding of how systems around the individual influence their lives, both negatively and positively, so I can assist people to navigate them successfully. I primarily use a combination of cognitive and behavioral approaches. I am a strong advocate for my clients and am always curious about how I can better support them.
Reaching out for help through troubling times takes a great deal of courage and I would be honored to work with you. I am licensed in Washington and Colorado.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #CSW.09925151 (Expires: 2019-08-31)

LICSW #LW60632212 (Expires: 2020-05-31)


Written by M.A. on Jul 10, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Kelli has been able to offer my great advice during a difficult time, I look forward to continuing to work with her.

Written by S.T. on Jun 04, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

I've loved my experience with Kelli so far. She's helped me navigate some complex emotions within my life, and has done so by passionately listening and providing just the right amount of feedback and guidance.

Written by H.A. on May 31, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

She allowed me to be the different me that I am and took interest in what I would say and even spent time researching things to have a better understanding of where I was coming from. She definitely goes the extra mile.

Written by K.A. on May 29, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Kelli has made a huge difference in my life. I came to her during a time of grief and was struggling with a a lot of anxiety and panic attacks. She has given me so many tools to assist with diffusing my panic and knowing the things that trigger it as well as just overall mindfulness and well-being practices. I would highly recommend Kelli.

Written by J.E. on Feb 05, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Kelli has been a tremendous help in recognizing my thoughts and emotions to offering insight and tactics to manage them. I highly recommend her.

Written by P.E. on Jan 10, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and sleeping disorders

Kelli is very kind and thoughtful; she pays close attention to what I say, in order to keep on top of the many "moving parts" and back story to my current situation. I would give her an "A" for her ability and attention to my issues!