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Lori Boudreaux, LPC-MHSP

Mental health is not a destination, but a process. Driven by the inspiration to help others with meaningful participation in their own lives, I apply the uncompromising view that all individuals can change, given a positive atmosphere that welcomes exploration, enhances confidence, and encourages their participation in the change process.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider with over 20 years of counseling experience, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults providing therapy in school settings, community facilities, and private practice. I have provided therapy for a multitude of presenting concerns. At present, I specialize in providing adult individual therapy for anxiety, depression, bereavement/grief and ADHD. Additionally, I lead group psychoeducation classes for adult ADHD and provide clinical supervision to LPC-MHSP candidates.

Life-long continuous education and involvement with numerous counseling organizations keeps me informed with local and national trends in counseling and the mental health field. Some My credentials include an earned Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Florida International University, a second Master of Education in Leadership from the University of North Florida, and PhD candidate status at the University of the Cumberlands.  Additionally, I am a member of Chi Sigma Iota – Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International and Pi Lambda Theta-International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education. I am a Tennessee Board approved LPC-MHSP Supervisor, ADHD-Certified Clinical Service Provider, and Rule 31 Mediator (t).

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to achieve your desired change.

Beckey Buck, MSN, PMHNP-BC

I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in 2015 with my Master’s degree in Nursing. I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management services for ages 16 and older. I have experience in working with clients who are coping with depression, bipolar disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, and ADHD, as well as many more.

I like to provide a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere for clients so that they can feel at ease while we work together. I believe in taking a more Holistic approach to managing mental health by making sure an individual’s emotional, physical, social, and spiritual needs are being met. I will also work alongside a client’s therapist, PCP, and other healthcare providers to ensure the best possible treatment plan is implemented. I have a passion for providing quality psychiatric care to people from all backgrounds and those managing a wide array of issues, including those struggling with faith, recovery, and LGBTQ issues.

Lastly, my supervising physician is Dr. Jeffrey Greenwood.

Landon Dalton, LPC-MHSP

Landon is a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider who graduated from Carson Newman University in 2018. He works with adults experiencing problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, life transitions, bipolar disorder, and issues such as low self-esteem/ self-concept.

He has over 3 years experience post-masters working in crisis with individuals experiencing acute mental health issues such as psychosis, suicidality, substance abuse, severe depression, trauma, anxiety, and self harm.

Landon’s approach to therapy is varied and unique to the individual. He utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, existential therapy, and somatic-based therapy approaches. Landon also has an interest in “parts” therapy such as Internal Family Systems (IFS) and is actively seeking training.

Landon believes in looking at a person’s mental health from a holistic perspective, taking into account lifestyle factors that may be contributing to one’s overall mental well-being.

Nancy Davis LCSW

Hello, and welcome to the first step in your journey. I believe everyone is on a journey to healing whether we realize it or not. I hope to be a part of yours. I believe in developing a strong collaborative working relationship. You are the expert on your life and the author of your story. I am a compassionate caring professional that would be honored to work alongside you. Affirming the worth and strength of the individual and the power of change are guiding principles.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. I have over 25 years in the behavioral health field in a variety of programs and positions. I initially started my career as a family therapist on an inpatient unit that specialized in the treatment of substance abuse and eating disorders. I held positions of Outpatient Services Coordinator, Social Services Manager and Assistant Director of Outpatient Services working and providing supervision for Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs in my career. I became instrumental in the development of a local drug court program with non-violent offenders. an elder assessment service program that provided comprehensive assessments of individuals with issues of memory loss and family/caregiver education and support services. I use an eclectic multi theoretical approach which is person centered, starting where the client is. I have received considerable training in (DBT) – dialectical behavior therapy, (CBT) cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction and solution focused therapy.

I am certified in grief informed therapy and am currently working on certification in DBT and trauma treatment. I have a long history of working with people struggling with addictions: (alcohol, drug, gambling, sex, codependency, cross- addictions) and eating disorders. I have extensive experience with co-occurring disorders, mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD), trauma, grief and loss, women’s issues and family issues related to memory loss, caregiving and life transitions. I have case management, crisis management, crisis stabilization and clinical assessment skills. I look forward to hearing from you.

Nancy Davis
Paul D’Cruz, MD

For me, the medical profession is a family tradition. My father was an esteemed cardiologist and three of my four grandparents were physicians. From an early age the goal of being a clinician who listened to and effectively treated patients seemed a noble calling.

I was born in Bombay, India and moved with my family to the United States as a young child. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1991. I completed medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in 1995 and my psychiatric residency at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1999.

I moved to Knoxville in 1999 and it has become home. For the first five years I worked in an acute unit at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. I believe it provided me with valuable training in treating severely ill and complex patients with severe depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, developmental disorders, and substance abuse. It was also very rewarding to see almost daily the good psychiatry can sometimes do in improving the lives of patients and their families.

For the past fifteen years I have worked full time outpatient at Cherokee Health Systems in Powell, TN. It’s a busy office, and I have enjoyed working with dedicated mental health professionals treating patients of almost all ages and backgrounds. For several years I also did consultation-liaison psychiatry at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge treating medically ill patients. Over the past twenty years I have provided weekend inpatient coverage at first Lakeshore Mental Health Institute and for past several years at Peninsula Behavioral Hospital.

Over the years I’ve treated many patients with severe depression and anxiety. The best part of my job is the satisfaction of seeing patients improve and enjoy life. I am excited to be involved with TMS. To be able to help provide patients with a non-pharmacological, safe, efficacious, non-invasive and FDA approved treatment for depression is both exciting and rewarding.

I live in Knoxville with my lovely wife, my sweet son and daughter and my four horses, two pigs, sixteen chickens, three cats, and one Chihuahua.

Dawn Fortich, LCSW (Clinical Director)

Dawn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has been in the field of social work for over eighteen years and has been the clinical director for Bearden Behavioral Health for the last five years. During this time she has held licensure in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan and Georgia. She has worked in diverse clinical settings such as inpatient psychiatric facilities, private counseling centers, and community mental health centers. She has provided emergency onsite psychiatric assessments for emergency facilities, nursing homes, physician offices, and criminal detention centers. Those settings afforded her the opportunity to work with clients across the life span from children to senior citizens. The majority of her clinical experience has been with adults in private counseling centers. Her adult treatment experience includes helping those with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, divorce, sexual and physical abuse, marriage counseling, LGBT issues and more.

For several years, she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with children from the age of 5 to 17 on an outpatient basis. During this time her experience was both site based inside school systems and inside mental health centers. At school sites, she provided treatment at the school for identified “at risk” students for behavioral and emotional disturbances with parental permission. She also acted as a child advocate for identified child clients during IEP meetings to make accommodations in consideration of the behavioral or emotional diagnosis. Dawn was able to work collaboratively with school administrators and educators to provide in-service trainings on childhood disorders such as ADHD and classroom modifications. She has been trained extensively in certified play therapy, sensory integration, ADHD, defiant children, and cognitive behavioral approaches for children.

In addition, Dawn has attended numerous trainings and provided a number of public forums on various topics related to autism. She has studied the effects of autism in children and families for numerous years. In 2008, she founded the east Tennessee chapter of Autism Speaks and was named the community leader in Knoxville. In addition, she organized the first Knoxville team to “Walk for Autism” in Nashville in the Autism Speaks Walk. She is offering supportive counseling to those families, parents, and caregivers living with the effects autism. Her personal family experience with autism provides a genuine approach and empathy for those lives touched with autism.

Dawn is also able to provide clinical supervision to LCSW/ACSW candidates. If you are seeking contractual clinical supervision for national testing requirements, she can provided excellent supervision for you that’s affordable and beneficial. Please contact us for more information.

Dawn is Proud to Be a:
Alpha Delta Mu- The Social Work Honor Society
Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW East Tennessee)
Pi Gamma Mu- The Social Sciences Honor Society
Board member of Mental Health Association of East Tennessee

Tracy Genovese MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

I am an ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I am so excited to be joining the incredible team at Bearden Behavioral Health after relocating to Knoxville from a suburb of Chicago! I have dedicated my entire nursing career to working with the underserved. I earned my associate in applied science degree (RN) from Waubonsee Community College in 2012. Thereafter, I began working at a safety-net hospital for the underserved in East Chicago. During my seven-year career in East Chicago I cared for the sickest of the sick via ambulatory surgery, recovery room, endoscopy, and behavioral health. During this time, I earned my bachelor’s in nursing (BSN) from Purdue University Northwest. My interest in psychiatry became more apparent after caring for so many individuals with unmet mental health needs. This led me to pursue my master’s in nursing at Regis College where I graduated with honors in 2020. Immediately after graduation I decided to relocate to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) to care for/learn from the most severely mentally ill patients in a community mental health setting. During my time in the USVI I was able to care for patients from surrounding islands, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and South America. This was a truly life-changing experience.

I am thrilled to be in private practice now and I am honored to work with patients in eastern Tennessee. I am a proud supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community. I enjoy working with individuals from varied cultures, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. My treatment modality involves individually tailored psychoeducation as well as shared decision-making. Goal setting and psychotherapy are integrated into each patient’s visit. It is paramount for me to consider each patient as an individual and to address and incorporate their physical, emotional, and general health needs. I welcome your input and am very open-minded when it comes to treatment options. I enjoy working with patients of all ages; however, I specialize in ages 18 to 60. I am comfortable treating schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety/panic disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, self-harm and suicidal ideation, psychosis, personality disorders, and substance use issues. I have a 21-year-old daughter (I was a teen-mom) and a lot of plants. I love flamingos, warmweather, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends. I love to make people laugh and I love connecting with every one of my patients. I am so excited to be in Tennessee and I cannot wait to meet you! My supervising physician is Paul D’Cruz, MD

Tracy Genovese MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Candace Henry, LMFT (t)

Candace is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (t). She graduated from Carson-Newman University with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology in 2014, and then pursued her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an Education Specialist degree in Professional School Counseling, completing those 2017. Candace began her clinical experience working in intensive in-home services with at-risk youth and families. She then worked in school-based services providing outpatient therapy in a school setting with elementary school children.

Candace has experience treating depression, anxiety, abuse and trauma, low self-esteem, ADHD, poor social skills, poor communication skills, behavioral problems, and family discord. She utilizes multiple theoretical perspectives and approaches in the therapeutic process. She has considerable training in CBT, TF-CBT, solution-focused therapy, attachment theories, and childhood mental health disorders.

Candace is passionate about her work in the mental
health field. She feels people are best understood in the context of their family and overall environment. It is her job to support all clients in a way that best sets them up to achieve goals and sustain them long-term.

Hannah Hutchins, PMHNP-BC, APRN

I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in 2018 with my master’s degree in nursing and in 2016 with my bachelor’s degree in nursing. I also graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2013 with a bachelor’s in education, specializing in speech pathology. This degree has helped me more than I could have imagined in my psychiatric career because of the many special education, speech and audiology courses that were required.

I have been practicing for 3 years in a community mental health outpatient setting. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for ages 4-85 and will continue to treat the lifespan. My clients are from all backgrounds and cultures. I have experience working with an array of diagnoses including: Adjustment Disorders, ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Communication Disorders, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Insomnia, Intellectual Disability Disorders, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Major Depressive Disorder, Mood Related Disorders, OCD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Panic Disorder, Personality Disorders, Pica, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Partum Depression, Psychosis, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Self-Harming and Suicidal Ideation, and Trauma/Abuse/Neglect related issues.

I believe your input, as my client, is the most important part of our treatment journey together. I value your input and I always try my best to make your voice a focal point in our treatment journey. If we disagree on treatment options, I will do my best to work with you and explain why I recommend certain medications/therapies. I work along side therapists, PCPs, pediatricians, and other healthcare workers to provide the most optimal care plan for you. I believe less is best and I believe you can combine diet, exercising and behavioral modification, along with psychotropic medications and therapy, to achieve the goals you are aiming for in your mental health journey. I truly believe you are in my office because you are searching for help; so, I strive to provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where you are free to discuss whatever life has thrown at you. I believe being genuine and sincere gets you a long way in any situation. We are in this journey together!

I enjoy spending time with my husband and our child (otherwise known as a cat) named Busters! I enjoy all things related to my cat, gardening, singing and cooking!

Supervising physician is Dovile Paulauskas, MD.

Beth Kyburz, LPC

Thank you so much for considering working with me as your therapist!   I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over twenty years of experience working with adolescents, young adults and families. 

I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Family Community Services and Psychology and hold a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from NOVA Southeastern University.  An adventurer at heart, I have lived in four different states and am thrilled to have made my permanent home in Tennessee. 

I am experienced in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, unresolved grief, and general life adjustment issues.   In counseling, I utilize elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis.  I am LGBTQ+ friendly and culturally sensitive and enjoy working with people of diverse backgrounds.   I believe the therapist/client relationship is key in promoting change.   As your therapist, I will alternately encourage, motivate, support, empathize with, educate, inform, and at times challenge your beliefs.   I believe that all people have the potential to live a fulfilling life and often don’t give themselves enough credit for what they are capable of.  

In seeking information on available counseling services, you have already taken the first critical step in improving your life’s experience.   I understand that you have choices in your care, and I would love to help you become the best version of yourself that you can possibly be!  

Beth Kyburz LPC-MHSP
S.Tyler Oberheim, PhD

For the past 10 years, my passion has been to help facilitate change within adults in residential treatment settings (for eight of these 10 years – specific focus on addictions [chemical and behavioral], psychiatric disorders, Autism and other mental health concerns) and adolescents aged 11 to 18 in a school setting (for the other two years). I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and then furthered my training in the counseling profession by graduating from the University of Florida with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling and Counselor Education. Finding the right person to help with life’s problems can be an overwhelming task. This is why I always meet my clients where they are at when I enter a session because we can create a roadmap for our therapeutic journey, with the final stop being where you want to be in your life. My approach to counseling is to create a safe space in each counseling session, which is built on understanding that each individual is a complex network of identities working together to create our lived experiences. 

My experiences afforded me the opportunity to gain experience with a multitude of presenting concerns, including but not limited to: chemical addictions, behavioral addictions (pornography, sex, shopping, gambling, eating disorders, video games, etc.), issues related to sexual and gender identity, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, with a specialized training in the transgender population, Autism Spectrum Disorder, sexuality and sex-positive therapy, anxiety, depression, trauma, to name a few. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Services Provider designation (LPC-MHSP) in TN and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in FL, and I am a certified personality disorder treatment provider.

Every person is different & I believe it is important to have individualized treatment for each client I see. Hope to hear from you soon!

Timothy Raper, LMSW

Timothy graduated from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and moved to Knoxville in 2021. While his focus is in youth counseling, Timothy’s experience includes working with older adult patients within a geriatric psychiatric facility, Veterans and their caregivers within the Veterans Administration healthcare network, youths in crisis, children placed in residential programs, adolescents transitioning from residential settings to home, adult individuals and groups within an intensive outpatient program.

Timothy uses evidence-based practices that are rooted in a strengths-based, person-in-environment approach, fostering resiliency and empowerment within clients. He utilizes the best tools, assessments, and modalities for each individual client, considering the client’s physical, mental, and spiritual factors when developing treatment plans. Timothy’s philosophy is clients are always the expert in their lives. Therapy is a collaborative process that should respect the autonomy and self-determination of individuals. A therapist should never promise a client everything will get better, but giving a client the right tools to overcome challenges, foster hope in change and healing will greatly improve their life.

When not working with his clients, Timothy enjoys spending time with his family, exploring distant places, the fiber arts, and gardening. Timothy is also passionate about life-long learning, continuing to expand his education and experience in various modalities including Trauma Therapy, Family Therapy, Crisis Interventions, ACT, CBT, DBT and other modalities.

Timothy Raper
Jessie Reed, LMSW

Jessie is a Licensed Master Social Worker from Knoxville, Tennessee. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2004, and her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 2008, with a focus in Advanced Clinical Social Work. She currently works with various populations of adults, and her approach is person centered therapeutic technique. In the past, she has worked with children and adolescents, from inpatient and residential facilities to outpatient settings. Jessie utilizes various treatment methods in her therapeutic approach, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and works hard to best meet her clients’ needs. Jessie understands that we are all unique individuals and will adapt her treatment models to help her clients become their best selves and achieve their therapeutic goals.

In her free time, Jessie enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and four dogs. She also enjoys scuba diving, reading, and volunteering for dog rescues.

Yvonne Robertson, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and I have been licensed for over 20 years. I have lived in the Knoxville area for 40 years and love the people and the landscape we have here. I have been trained in EMDR, a trauma resolution therapy, and I am working on certification in that specialty. I am certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and believe that is a useful and productive treatment for many of the life issues that my clients are faced with. I have worked in this field for over 30 years and I have significant experience with addiction and substance use/abuse, domestic violence and childhood abuse issues, women’s and men’s issues related to grief, depression, anxiety, crisis stabilization, self-harming behaviors and life-changes. I really enjoy helping people to identify their strengths and then building from there. Most recently I have been the Clinical Services Manager for IOP and Partial Hospitalization Programs. I use a client centered, solution focused and multimodality approach to counseling that will give you a loud voice in what we work on and towards.

I am passionate about asking the questions and making the suggestions that will aid my clients in achieving their goals or modifying them to meet the stage of life they are in currently. As a Social Worker I look at the big picture that includes family of origin, current family structure, support system and current and recent past functioning. I believe strongly that everyone deserves access to mental health services and seeking treatment is a strength and not a weakness.

I support strongly self-care and when I am not working I enjoy crocheting, trout fishing, cooking for family and friends and playing with my dogs, Harley and Du`mass. I look forward to meeting with you and offering you a safe and pleasant space to walk through your story and to help you be your most authentic self possible.

Caroline Russe LMSW

I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2009. I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Master of Social Work in 2019 and recently moved to Knoxville, TN in 2022. For the past four years, I have worked with individuals that struggle with substance use and mental health disorders that have been marginalized and discriminated against. My main focus has been in adult client support with substance use, anxiety, mood/psychotic disorders, trauma, and personality disorders. I have worked with incarcerated women at a Correctional Release Center nearing prison release experiencing trauma, substance use, poor self-image, and minimal life skills. I ran groups, conducted individual therapy sessions, and taught life skills to these women. I have worked with male inmates in county jail with acute mental health disorders experiencing suicidal/homicidal ideations and auditory/visual hallucinations in crisis. I have experience working in a PHP/IOP setting with individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. I have worked in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) at an OTP (Methadone) and most recently, in an OBOT (Suboxone) clinic assisting clients with opioid use disorder become stable and address barriers experienced with individual therapy.

I utilize evidence-based interventions with a strengths-based, person-centered approach that empowers clients to advocate for themselves. Using evidenced-based assessment tools and modalities, I collaboratively create an individualized treatment plan based on client-directed goals that meet them where they are in life. I am a strong believer in advocating for my clients and motivating them to use their voice to advocate for themselves. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused Therapy, Crisis Stabilization, Mindfulness, and other modalities. It is important to continue learning and my plans are to pursue certifications in EMDR, DBT, and other modalities.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, watching movies in theaters (Yay they are now open!), listening to music, and playing with my dog, Jasmin.  

Caroline Russe LMSW
Ann Wheeler, LPC-MHSP

Ann received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee in 2011. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor/ Mental Health Service Provider. She began her counseling career working with high-risk youth in the Knox County Juvenile Court and at a community mental health agency. Most recently she has worked in a psychiatric residential treatment facility for children with Intellectual Disabilities /Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses. Her enthusiasm for working with kids and teens has been a constant throughout her counseling career.

Ann has experience in Child-Centered Play Therapy and Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment, as well as certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Theory, all of which are useful approaches in the treatment of trauma and/or neuroatypical presentations. With a naturally playful and curious personality, Ann connects easily with her clients, and readily partners with parents to gently unfold the natural gifts of each unique child. Ann understands the strain that divorce can have on a child, and on a family, and is able to provide co-parenting and family therapy to ease this type of life transition as well.

Ann regularly incorporates mindfulness and whole body awareness into client interactions. A focus on diet, exercise, and a school/work-life balance is included in her work with clients of all ages. She has experience in helping clients to develop goals, strategize means to meet those goals and recognize when the goals have been met or need to be altered. Her approach is person-centered and solution-focused. She meets clients where they are in their life journey, looks for their strengths, and finds joy in assisting them to see themselves in a more open-minded, forgiving and kind way. Her language is positive, and her view of the world is a glass half-full. She hopes to instill hope in all her clients to reach their potential to be dynamically whole.

When Ann is not working she enjoys most all outdoor activities, plays duplicate bridge and spends time with her family and friends.

Kelley Neufeld, LCSW

Kelley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a graduate of San Diego State University in California. Kelley has worked in the field of social services since 2011 when she began her career with Marine Corps Community Services as a family caseworker for the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). As an EFMP caseworker, Kelley advocated for military family members to have access to the medical, educational, and mental health services necessary to allow them to thrive. This experience paved the way for her return to school for her master’s degree and entry into the field of social work. While attending San Diego State University’s MSW program, Kelley was fortunate to intern with the University of California San Diego Health, where she completed rotations in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Senior Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit, and the Memory, Aging and Resilience Outpatient Clinic. During rotation, Kelley facilitated support groups and provided individual counseling and case management services. Upon graduating from SDSU, Kelley began work as a medical social worker for Hospice of the North Coast (HNC). During her four years with HNC, Kelley assisted patients and families in coping with a terminal illness, processing anticipatory grief, managing high-risk and acute aspects of care, and navigating the many complex relational dynamics that emerge during life transitions.

Kelley utilizes a person-centered therapeutic approach that honors clients as the experts in their lives and cultivates an empathic, safe environment to collaboratively address life’s challenges. Through joint exploration of presenting concerns, identification of each person’s unique strengths, and application of evidence-based techniques drawn from EMDR, motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, attachment theories, and CBT among others, Kelley guides clients in the development and implementation of their individualized treatment plans. Kelley has extensive experience in working with individuals coping with caregiver fatigue, personal/professional burnout, anticipatory grief/loss, bereavement/complicated grief, life transitions, navigation of complex family and relational dynamics, coping with anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, and developing effective communication and self-care skills. Kelley has experience in working with specialty subpopulations including geriatrics, couples, families, military and first responders, and those dealing with a chronic and terminal illness. As Kelley learned from her hospice patients, everyone’s life is worth a novel, and she is honored to walk alongside clients to support them through their unique journeys.

Kelley and her husband enjoy spending free time with family, friends and their three beloved dogs, are passionate explorers of the National Parks, and are enthusiastic, albeit novice, gardeners.

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