Hello my name is Dr. Kelly. It is my purpose to help people get to the root of their problems so they can live vibrant lives in the present. People come to therapy for many reasons. Perhaps you are on the verge of a big transition in your life. This can happen at different ages. Children, adolescents, young adults, middle age and seniors go through this. But at any age it can be a real shock. You might be at a place where you want to take a leap but can't. You want to find your voice. Or perhaps lately you feel you have lost a sense of meaningfulness. Or a recent trauma brought up feelings such as sadness, fear or anger leaving you in a state of mild or serious depression or anxiety. It could also be something deeper you have been avoiding for a long time. Many times we deal with problems our ancestors had that are passed down in a transgenerational way and we would like to understand this dynamic.
A question is can we really feel joy if our other feelings are covered up? Let me help you see how your feelings are your inner compass and can lead you to live the life you want to live. Therapy is helpful in understanding and finding compassion for oneself. Psychotherapy is an investment in yourself. Once you feel more connected to yourself this in turn will help you feel more connected to others.
Both brief therapy and a more intensive depth therapy can be done. The modalities I use are mostly psychodynamic which is a form of depth psychology and is related to psychoanalysis. Most of my practice is talk therapy however I also incorporate working with dreams, mindfulness, becoming aware of the inner child, art therapy and sand tray therapy, With children therapy includes play therapy.
It is my inspiration to help people understand and express themselves.
I specialize in working with depression, anxiety, life transitions, marriage, parenting, child development, adoption, attachment, processing feelings from divorce, loss, families affected by alcoholism, 12 step programs, sexual abuse and trauma.
I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) therapist who has experience working with all age ranges. I work with the LGBTQ community. I also work with people of all different cultures and deal with both the gifts and challenges of being bicultural or multicultural. Some to theses challenges might include separation or/and identity.
If the issue is not within my scope of practice I may be able to refer you to an appropriate professional
I am multicultural and came to live in Los Angeles at a young age. My parents are from two different countries which has influenced me to become interested in cultures and diversity. I believe each family is its own culture within a larger culture and I am interested in how this influences our lives.
I graduated from Antioch University with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a specialization in Child Studies. I received my Doctorate in Psychology from California Graduate Institute and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
I draw on the work from my Jungian dissertation (when appropriate) which studied the effects of valuing the Feminine and combining that with assertiveness to help women transcend depression.
I incorporate this work with men to help them value what they really want and put that into action to transcend depression.
I look forward to being on this soulful and healing journey alongside my patients.
I am proud to belong to the following associations: LAISPS affiliates program (Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies), ACDS (Association of Child Development Specialists) and CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists).
"The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has courage to lose sight of the shore."
Andre P. Gide
I look forward to speaking with you.
The paintings are: Paysage exotique and La Bohemienne Endormie by Henri Rousseau
Marina Del Rey