Hello, I have worked as a Social Worker for 30 years (licensed for 17). I would love to support you on your journey. My work experience is in Community Mental Health (Housing first Model, Intensive Case Management. Assertive Community Treatment, and I taught peer counseling classes) and in Public Health. I worked in a Federally Qualified Health Clinic for the houseless, taught chronic pain management classes and managed medical respite beds. This is where I learned that people need their basic needs met before they can progress to more healing. I therefore prioritized getting people housed and helped them apply for social security benefits etc. I also provided a lot of unconditional love, support, and advocacy. Later I worked with frequent utilizers of the 911 system, referred by ambulance and fire depts. I now work part time in an emergency dept. providing Mental Health and Risk/Suicide assessments and as an on-call family therapist in an Adolescent Psychiatric unit. Along the way I have learned a lot more about how trauma impacts us across the lifespan and It is my passion to try and help others understand how they are impacted and to help them with the tools and support to heal and better appreciate and enjoy this wild ride we call life. I come from a large, loving, diverse family and my life experience includes unexpected deaths, divorce, inter-racial marriage, open adoption, love of travel and diverse cultures, the use of plant medicines for healing, supporting a loved one with long term cancer, and growing awareness re social and racial justice issues and advocacy. I would love to hear from you to see if we might be a good fit. I believe all beings are divine and have the innate ability to self heal, but a little guidance and support can be helpful.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
OR LCSW L3559
I feel the amount of support I needed. I get to think through tough stuff, and not feel mentally alone. She asks the right questions, and shows the proper concerns.
Written on Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Kelly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd