Kelly is a licensed professional counselor with over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. A native of Wisconsin, she graduated with Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Over her clinical career, she has worked with children and adults coping with minor adjustment issues to severe and persistent mental health concerns. She has worked with clients across the spectrum of levels of care, including outpatient, school-based therapy, and in-home therapy. Most recently, she treated clients at the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization level, with a specialized focus on patients with depression and anxiety disorders such as OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Kelly’s practice is informed heavily by Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which focuses on finding balanced and effective behaviors while validating how very difficult that can be! Kelly loves to encourage people to get a little more curious about finding the function of their behavior, and to come up with ways to get those goals met in a healthy way. Kelly is highly skilled in using exposure based therapy (ERP) and behavioral activation techniques to address anxiety and problematic avoidance behaviors, and has extensive experience supporting clients with trauma as part of their life story. She has a knack for encouraging patients to try things they never imagined they could do, using humor and honesty along the way. In addition, Kelly is an approved LPC supervisor, and enjoys helping other therapists grow in their skills and confidence.
Kelly is always working to balance her work with the needs of her three energetic young boys and equally energetic husband. When not at work, you can find her on a sports field, at a park, catching some live music, or making ANOTHER grocery store run.