Kelly is a clinical counsellor with over 13 years of experience working in the social services field with children, youth and young adults within outreach, community, school, and clinical settings. She is an energetic and engaged therapist who has a strong passion for supporting young people in improving their mental health. Kelly has worked with a broad scope of clients, ranging in age from 5 to 24 years old, who present with various mental health concerns, from anxiety and depression to disordered eating, substance misuse, trauma, and identity exploration.
She also provides parent and school consultations and supports young people identifying as LGBTQ+. Kelly has significant experience working with individuals and groups using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) techniques. She worked for many years as a clinician at Child and Youth Mental Health.
She recognizes that some individuals may be nervous about counselling, ambivalent about change, or already have had a negative counselling experience. As such, Kelly ensures to focus first on developing a strong therapeutic alliance, developing the relationship while encouraging and empowering young people to make positive changes.
Kelly completed her Bachelor of Arts at UBC Okanagan and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University. In addition, she is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC#11907) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Kelly has received training in providing Standard, Trauma, and Eating Disorder focused CBT, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), DBT, and SPACE therapy (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions). Kelly has also received training and supervision in utilizing Motivational Interviewing (MI) strategies. Additionally, she is a registered counsellor with the Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP).
INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES
Kelly is a wife and mother of two energetic little girls. When she is not working or spending time with her family, you can likely find her running on the local mountain trails, skiing, spending time with friends over a delicious meal, or curled up with a book or a good tv show.
Kelly provides therapy in English. She also has training and experience working with interpreters/translators and the hearing impaired.
Kelly provides in-person and online sessions from Monday to Thursday (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.).