Kelli Garcia

(LCSW)

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.


Specialties

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

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #CSW.09925151 (Expires: 2021-08-01)

LICSW #LW60632212 (Expires: 2020-05-01)


Reviews

Written by M.I. on Feb 25, 2020 after counseling with Kelli for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

Kelly is absolutely amazing! She offers worksheets, insights, and goals to work on. She was on time without phone meetings and VERY responsive!! Truly a great counselor!

Written by V.A. on Feb 11, 2020 after counseling with Kelli for 2 weeks on issues concerning parenting issues, and anger management

Kelli has made a huge difference in my life. She asked me a lot of questions, understood my needs, and tailored her approach for me. She is very available and engaged. She seems to also be organized and on top of her commitments. During my sessions with her, I feel like I’m speaking with someone who has wisdom and gravitas. I trust her ability to ask me the right questions to lead me to a mental breakthrough. I also trust that she respects me and that she is working to match my wavelength as opposed to shoving an answer down my throat. She has been very effective at helping me understand the root causes of some of my issues.

Written by J.E. on Feb 10, 2020 after counseling with Kelli for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

She’s a great listener and is very knowledgeable in recognizing or deciphering issues simply by listening. She’s very patient and not judge mental.

Written by S.Y. on Dec 18, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Kelli has been a great support. She is intuitive and present in her responses. I have found her to be very thoughtful and has offered much incite. I have been able to work through and process a few ongoing issues with her help.

Written by Q.U. on Nov 21, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Kelli always responds to my messages in a timely manner with thoughtful advice, suggestions or questions to get me thinking more about my concerns, problems. She is fantastic.

Written by B.R. on Nov 18, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Kelli has been phenomenal in helping me with my stress and anxiety. With work, my schedule is all over the place, and I am often not able to respond in a timely manner. However, Kelli is quick to read my responses and provide additional help and support. She has been extremely helpful thus far in the process, and I look forward to continue working with her on achieving my goals!

Written by T.A. on Nov 14, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 2 weeks

Kelli has a lot of depth and understanding and knows how to balance active listening and providing helpful tools and ideas. I'd highly recommend her and felt she was able to handle lots of information and complex issues in a practical and effective way that gave me extra insights and support. Thank you!

Written by R.E. on Oct 14, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I feel lucky that I was able to connect so organically with Kelli. I have another friend I referred to BetterHelp that is struggling to find one that she likes, and this isn't my experience. I feel like I'm going to be able to work through the things I need to with Kelli and move on from counseling within a month or two with new tools in my mental toolbox. She is caring and kind but not patronizing and feels like a real person. It doesn't feel clinical to talk on the phone and I feel comfortable expressing what I need to.

Written by A.M. on Sep 23, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Im so grateful for the help Kelli is giving me. She really makes me feel heard and gives me great goals to work towards.

Written by C.O. on Aug 29, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions

I appreciated her following up with me when I have been silent for a little bit. This really helps me keep on track more! She seems genuinely concerned and caring for me.

Written by C.O. on Jul 22, 2019 after counseling with Kelli for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Kelli has given me effective ways to manage my anxiety that I utilize every day. She has also helped me gain a new perspective on self care and gave me the building blocks to heal myself. I have made so much progress from working with her and will continue doing so with the guidance she has provided me.

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!