Hello! I am Kelly, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor providing services in all counties of Illinois. I have worked in the social service field for over 30 years. I have provided services to group homes, alternative educational settings, schools, hospitals, ICF-DD, the community, and state-run facilities. I am committed to my client's personal growth and change.
So how do I plan to help you to be the best version of yourself? I use several modalities including CBT, Strength Based, Compassion Focused, Mindfulness-Based, Solution Focused, and Eclectic.
I enjoy helping clients with many diverse types of issues including ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Career Counseling, Grief, Emotional Disturbance, Job Stress, Stress Management, School Issues, Developmental Disorders, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, Woman's Issues, Weight Loss, and Mood Disorders.
My communication style
When working with me you will find that I am passionate about providing you with a safe, empathetic, non-judgmental space to navigate the life-altering issues that can take their toll.
My journey to therapy
When I was in High School, I wanted to be a vet. When I realized that I hated chemistry and biology, that was out. I started exploring other options and took a psychology class in my senior year. I was fascinated by it and wanted to learn more about human behavior. That opened a door for a major in psychology in college and then a master's degree in Clinical Psychology as well. I realized early on that the information I learned could be used to help people understand and change their own behavior. I also learned that I could facilitate that process for them. I initially worked with high school students who were having difficulties in a "normal" school setting and were placed in an alternative school for learning. It was here that I realized that individuals with anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, etc. need empathy, guidance, non-judgment, guidance, and help address symptoms and develop the appropriate coping skills to better their lives and to be successful. Since that time, I have found this to be true with all walks of life, regardless of their diagnosis and/or disabilities.
My goals for you
As clients progress through treatment, they can expect a decrease in symptomology, an increase in coping skills, and an overall feeling of a better existence. Clients can move towards the best version of themselves and realize that they are not alone in their struggles.
My first session with you
During my first session, I would like to get to know more about you, what brought you to therapy, what you expect from therapy, and discuss how to best meet your needs. I will also tell you about my background and answer any questions that you may have. Choosing a therapist is a very personal process and a good fit is necessary for growth and change. During our first visit, we will also discuss if we are a good fit to work together.