You’re looking for someone who can understand what you’re going through, what you’ve been through. You want someone you can trust to tell the things you tell no one else. You need someone to guide through what you’re going through and help you get to the other side; a side you probably can’t even see because you’re currently in the middle of it. Don’t lose hope. Never lose hope. Nothing is permanent and change is inevitable. Change can be scary. Don’t let that little voice inside your head tell you you’re not good enough, or you don’t deserve to find happiness. Don’t let the change that needs to happen be for the worst. I can help teach you some ways to cope with your depression; to help you get out of bed everyday and do what you need to do. I can work with you through your anxiety and teach you the best way to handle it as it occurs in your daily life. If you’re feeling stuck and unhappy, I can help guide you through it. I know it sounds corny but it’s true. I can also teach you the skills you need to keep your addiction at bay; if that’s what you need. If you have trauma you need to work through; I’m here for that as well.
My name is Kelly and I am a Licensed Counselor in Texas. I’ve worked with parents who’ve had their children removed by CPS. I’ve worked with those in crisis and connected them to services on a mobile crisis team in Georgia. I’ve worked in the foster care system in Texas for a CPA. And right now I’m balancing my own private practice as well as working with the most difficult population I’ve come into contact with as of yet, teenagers with substance abuse and addiction in a treatment facility in Houston, TX. I’ve been practicing for over 5 years and have expertise ranging from: depression, anxiety, substance use, transition and adjustment issues, life changes, and ADHD symptom management among others. I take what I’ve learned and meet you where you currently are in your life. I use your strengths and build upon them to develop the skills you need to get through what you’re going through. I take the time to get to know you before beginning the necessary work on what brought you to therapy. You are not your problems, nor should you be treated like that.
Therapy is driven by you and the modality used also depends on what best fits for you. I use motivational interviewing to get to know you, your though processes, and how you see the world before choosing between a solution focused method with cognitive behavioral techniques to help you form the necessary connections between your thoughts and your actions. Once that connection is established we can change your thinking, which will change the behavior you see as mal-adaptive. It's your life and it should be your therapy too.
Kelly really helped me get through a difficult time in my life and I will be forever grateful for the work we did together. Not only did my mother pass recently, I lost my job and went through a very nasty divorce. She helped me see that I still have value to add to my world and plenty to give the people around me. She also helped me see that I need to take care of myself first before I can take care of others.
Ideally all of the intake paperwork and payment processing questions should be handled prior to the first session. I will usually go over the documents such as no show rules, confidentiality, HIPPA and privacy etc. The first session is usually a get to know each other session to help determine if we are a good fit and should consider continuing the relationship. It is in sessions 2 and 3 that therapeutic goals will be discussed and a treatment plan established if the decision is made to continue with therapy.