I am a licensed professional counselor and mental health service provider (LPC-MHSP) in TN. I have over 5+ years of experience in treating PTSD, specifically combat-related; substance use disorder; borderline personality disorder in men primarily; OCD; and other issues typically found in a mental health setting. I've spent the majority of my career working in a residential alcohol and drug program, which afforded me the opportunity to work with co-morbid disorders/issues that feed into addiction. I have assisted people in confronting personality issues, trauma, and have helped clients learn to balance their intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. I am also actively involved in research in a university setting. I received a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from East Tennessee State University. My therapy style is highly conversational and casual with a primary foundation in Existential therapy. I utilize other modalities as needed or as is appropriate to the individual and situation. I have a background in social psychology, which I find beneficial during therapy as the principles are often at the core of many behaviors and attitudes/beliefs. Understanding social psychological theories and how they present within individuals serves to normalize our human experiences by showing that we are not alone. I believe that every individual knows the best way to live their lives, but sometimes may need someone to provide insight, guidance, or serve as a sounding board for thought processes/emotions/fears.
I have a specific interest and a research background in PTSD surrounding combat. Seeking help in general, but especially following a traumatic event, is courageous. The first step is reaching out and I am here to assist you in this experience.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
TN LPC 5475
Kelly is an incredible therapist and has helped me through many of my toughest issues, all while challenging me to be gentler with myself. Her belief in me is infectious and I cannot recommend her enough.
Written on Aug 12, 2023 after therapy with Kelly for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I had never been to a therapist before . she made me feel like it was natural and that i can tell her anything. Also knowing she is here to help me figure out how i need to guide myself in the direction i am looking for in my life.
Written on Jul 20, 2023 after therapy with Kelly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem
Great listener you truly feel she wants to help and provides tools to help with issues. We need more Kelly’s in this world.
Written on Jun 14, 2023 after therapy with Kelly for 6 months on issues concerning lgbt
I have been in and out of therapy since I was twelve (I'm now 37) and bi have only had one other therapist that even came close to being able to cut through the noise and really shine a light for me. Or perhaps I should say help me shine a light for myself.
I cannot speak highly enough of Kelly. She really has had such a giant impact on me and my day to day well being!
Written on Mar 20, 2023 after therapy with Kelly for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and adhd
Absolutely the best!!
Written on Mar 10, 2023 after therapy with Kelly for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue
Kelly is awesome! She stays in touch in between sessions if I have any pressing concerns. You can tell she is listening and not just hearing your words, which makes the time spent really valuable and more rewarding as it relates to every day life, accomplishing both long and short-term goals.
Written on Feb 18, 2023 after therapy with Kelly for 6 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and grief