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 wide scope of clients, ranging in ages 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 is also experienced in providing parent and school consultations and supporting individuals identifying as LGBTQ+. Kelly recognizes that some individuals may be nervous about engaging in counselling, ambivalent about change, or already have had a previous negative counselling experience. As such, Kelly ensures to focus first on developing a strong therapeutic alliance, developing the relationship while also encouraging and empowering young people to make positive changes.
Kelly holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC#11907) with the BC Assoc. of Clinical Counsellors. She has received training in providing Standard, Trauma, and Eating Disorder focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (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 good tv show.