Hi, I’m Kelly.
Training / Employment Experiences
I received my Masters and Doctoral Degree in School Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007. I completed my internship in Clinical Psychology at McLean Psychiatric Hospital/Harvard Medical School; and was also awarded a Fellowship in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. While at McLean, my training focused on treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in outpatient, partial hospitalization, group and inpatient settings with both children and adults. I went on to complete my Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, where I had a specialized focus in the Disruptive Behavior Disorders program.
Before venturing into private practice, I was employed for several years as the Director of Behavioral Health at Lincoln Family Medicine Program, where I created and implemented a Behavioral Health and Wellness Curriculum for physicians during their Family Practice residency. I have also worked as an adjunct professor for undergraduate and graduate students in psychology at both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Therapeutic / Theoretical Orientation
I specialize in assessment and psychotherapy with tweens, adolescents, adults and families. The theoretical orientation/therapeutic techniques used vary based on presenting concern and preference, however all are evidence based (meaning—there is decades of research showing that they work).
My most frequently utilized forms of therapy are:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Behavioral Therapy
Meditation / Mindfulness Strategies
I strongly believe in and practice collaboration and consultation across providers—I frequently work with schools, physicians, psychiatrists, etc.
I draw from my fantastically diverse training, clinical and employment experiences to create the most effective individualized treatment plan for my patients.
While in graduate school, a supervisor once told me “Kelly, you are the same in session as you are in real life—I don’t see that often.” It was a comment made in passing, so I don’t know if it was meant to be compliment or criticism (I chose to take it as a compliment). However, it has always remained with me, as I have never understood how psychologists could not “be the same.” For therapy to be effective and authentic, I can not see it working any other way.
Trust is incredibly important in a successful therapeutic relationship. A psychologist can have all the degrees and skills in the world, but if they can’t connect with you in a meaningful way-change will not occur. In session, I am honest, open, and direct, yet work very hard to create a safe environment to foster growth. I do not discriminate, and am GLBTQ friendly.
Bottom line—you are the expert on you. I went to school for waaaay too long to learn how to help people who want to make changes. Together we can start to turn things around.