You are not alone as we partner together to explore, uncover and remove the obstacles that prevent you from becoming your best self and having the quality of life you long for. Using a psychodynamic framework to engage you, build hope, and establish a healing relationship, I specialize in dealing with the cumulative life stresses, traumas, griefs and losses that insidiously sabotage your best efforts, deplete your energy, tempt you into addictions to numb and avoid the pain life has brought you, or turn your long suffering into despair and depression.
Do you feel like everything on the outside is "perfect" but you are struggling on the inside? Does life seem great "on paper" but you aren't happy? Do you feel like all your friends are happy and you're a mess? These feelings are more common than you think and can come from all kinds of sources - family problems, transition/change, and just an overall uncertainty of who you are and what you want -including questions about sexuality and gender. Life doesn't come with a handbook. But the good news is that I don't think we need one!
Thank you for visiting my site and for your interest in professional counseling. If you are ready to feel better, please call me for a free telephone consultation and to talk about how therapy can help. If you want to strengthen your marriage, repair a damaged relationship, manage anxiety and depression more effectively, or change bad habits, and if you are motivated to change your life, then you are looking in the right place. After nearly 30 years of practice, I know that psychotherapy works and I encourage you to explore how therapy might work for you.
Hello. If you are on this site, it is likely things are not going well for your child at school, at home or with friends. You're worried, frustrated and possibly angry. When our children suffer, parents want to make it better. Sometimes, it can feel overwhelming. There is hope and there is help. I am a clinical psychologist specializing in work with children 12 years and younger. I have extensive experience addressing the developmental, behavioral and emotional needs of children in diagnostic, school and family settings.
It is a privilege to be able to help people work through the challenges we all face. It's a privilege that I don't take lightly. For my clients, I am here to be more than just a listening ear. I want to ask the tough questions and help clients create meaningful, long lasting changes in their lives, to truly unlock their potential. I am seeking adult and adolescent clients who want a thorough and challenging therapy experience. Our relationships, our thinking, our behaviors (and how they all work together) are the focus of my work.
My belief in the resilience of the human spirit is the source from which I draw my hope - the same hope that I offer to my clients. Whether you are experiencing a life change such as divorce or loss, substance abuse, family conflict, or are simply in need of support as you navigate through one of life's challenges, there is hope for you as well. I have guided and supported many people through these same challenges with compassion, professionalism, and humor.
The biggest compliment clients have given me is: "Kelly, you're not a typical therapist and that is so refreshing!" I am somewhat unique in my approach offering a combination of coaching, motivating, problem-solving, and goal formation. I tend to see myself as a guide (or passenger) while the client takes the driver's seat – together, we look at the map and find the most productive route to take towards the destination. I tend to have a lot of energy and am extremely active in and out of the therapy session.
Core Energetics is a dynamic system for personal growth, healing, and transformation. Together we work to unblock your innate life force through the use of movement, breath, voice, and other techniques. You gain greater understanding of what makes you tick. This understanding opens up more choices about what you create in your life. When your energy is blocked, your body and personality suffer. When your energy is flowing, long standing patterns shift. You have more clarity, purpose, pleasure.
Therapy is an opportunity to share with an unbiased person the sorting through of life-issues that a person is experiencing. Together, the therapist and the client create manageable and realistic solutions, whether in an individual, couple or family setting, honoring confidentiality and building trust.
I am a Licenced Clinical Social Worker and have been working in the mental health field for 20 years. I recieved my Masters Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Family Mental Health from Syracuse University. I also recieved a Master's Certificate in Women's Studies and completed research on the development of adolescent girls. I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families and will coordinate with any people that you would like to be a part of your wellness team. I am person centered meaning I will focus on you and what works best for you.
Having an honest and caring therapist in your life is the best self care, when things are going well and when life gets difficult. You may begin a therapeutic relationship based on a crisis, a loss, or simply the need to get unbiased feedback about life changes. And as you work through difficult times, as your therapist, I get to know you, your strengths, and ways in which you want to grow and learn to thrive. I’m a "back pocket" therapist, only a phone or video call away whenever you need support. You’ve got the inner strength, I’ve got your back...especially when you need to be reminded that you’ll make it through to better times.
I am a Doctor of Clinical Social Work with a degree from the University of Pennsylvania; a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree from Syracuse University; a member of the National Association of Social Workers; an EMDR certified trauma treatment specialist; a professional actress, playwright, director, vocalist and member of Actor’s Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; and a Christian, so I do my best to live a life of integrity, goodness, and service, without judgement. I integrate my skills, knowledge, and experiences to help you reach your full potential!
I am eager to help individuals who feel stuck and emotionally overwhelmed. I want to help people see that there is hope through even the most hopeless of times. I have felt called to help people out of the dark corners of life so they can start living renewed lives.
I am a licensed mental health counselor and licensed professional counselor in New York and New Jersey, and a national certified counselor with a master's degree in Community Counseling and a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have 10 years experience in providing mental health treatment to clients with mood , anxiety and trauma related , psychosis , behavior, and substance disorders. I have engaged adult and elderly clients in varying forms of counseling consisting of individual, family, couples', group, crisis, grief, substance, anger management, and vocational counseling in traditional and non-traditional settings.
I want my ideal client to know that I am empathetic when working with diverse, adult populations facing mental health & situational challenges. I've been on both sides of "the therapy couch" as a Survivor with Bipolar One Disorder & as a licensed practitioner. I completed my internship assisting Survivors of Domestic Violence & have a great deal of knowledge about Healthy Relationships vs Unhealthy ones. I'm comfortable helping folks facing anxiety, depression, psychosis & trauma. I can assist in clarifying achievable goals and I can build trust. It's an honor to be able to help others navigate the curveballs life will throw!
My ideal client would be struggling with anxiety or depression and/or processing a traumatic experience in life. My client will be able to be provided coping strategies, as well as their strengths highlighted as we walk through this therapy journey together.
A solution of the past can be the downfall of your present as well. I believe that in order to truly help someone; one must first seek to understand and then to be understood. Treat yourself as if you are someone worth being helped. To succeed in doing so, one must gain a deeper level of self-awareness through connecting the unconscious patterns of today, to the past traumatic events we have experienced. Understanding that the external world is a direct reflection of what is happening in the internal world, your perception can be a deciding factor to a new reality. Your life is what you choose it to be.
I hold the opinion that most challenges to our health come from things that have happened to us in the past. Sometimes people need help processing what has happened to them and understanding how it impacts their life today. I believe that people are generally good and are always striving to live their best life. I like to come alongside someone, in an accepting and curious manner, to help them figure out how to move forward in the most healthful way possible.
I believe that healing of self lays the foundation for showing up authentically in relationships, doing fulfilling work, raising courageous and caring children, and building a more just and safer world for all. I believe that healing of self requires cultivating mind/body states that allow for joy, play, curiosity, and connection. I believe healing of self often means recognizing the ways in which we have been misled, harmed, and/or abused by larger social systems which were not designed for human thriving.
I personally don't believe there is an "ideal" client. My "ideal" client is any amazing person who had the courage to walk through the doors, share their story, and work collaboratively to find healing and happiness. That is the ideal client in my humble opinion!
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Corn Hill, Rochester are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Corn Hill, Rochester then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Corn Hill, Rochester, or Child Psychologists in Corn Hill, Rochester.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Corn Hill, Rochester psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Corn Hill, Rochester specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.