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Kelly has been practicing in the field of intervention and behavioral health for 20 years, providing services to young children, adolescents, teens, young adults and families with a wide variety of needs. Platforms of service include Head-Start and Great Start early childhood programs, Early-On, community mental health, the public school system, individual and family therapy.
Treatment Philosophy & Focus
Kelly’s philosophy is to identify an individual’s strengths through a person-centered approach, developing a place of safety and trust in the therapeutic relationship which opens the doors to awareness of self, and an ability to grow through change. Trauma and attachment based interventions are part of treatment when appropriate, as well as a family systems approach to understand early experiences and navigate current family dynamics to improve outcomes. Art therapy, play therapy, modeling, role play, exposure and response, ACT, CBT, mindfulness and coping skill building are common interventions in session.
Education & Experience
Kelly received her Associates and CDA in Early Childhood from Ferris State University, and taught early childhood programs and provided early intervention through home and classroom environments as well as parent coaching programs. Kelly obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Family Life Education from Spring Arbor University in 2012, with a focus on parenting and early childhood intervention. Kelly went on to earn a Master of Social Work degree from Spring Arbor University. She provided developmental, behavioral, general mental health support and interventions for infants, children, adolescents, young adults and families in the community mental health setting.
Early experience was centered on supporting infants, young children and their families at risk for mental illness, abuse, difficulty attaching, developmental delay, parent coaching, trauma, and problem behaviors. Kelly also works with adolescents, teens and young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment, family divorce, peer and family relationship difficulties, and grief and loss. Kelly focuses on early attachments and experiences that can impact the patient’s development and ability to create and maintain healthy relationships, form a positive sense of self, move towards independence and build resilience.
Kelly sees clients with the following concerns:
- Adjustment disorders
- Family Changes
- Attachment disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Social Skill Building
- Bipolar Disorder
- Coping Skills
- Grief and Loss
- Family Conflict
- Peer Relationships