a little bit about me...
I received a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Psychology, and a completed a Master of Science in Human Services and Counseling in 1993. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor I have had the privilege of meeting and working with people in a rich variety of settings. My professional life has included working as a counselor in a Social Service Agency, in two Elementary Schools, as a Parish Counselor, and now since 2006, exclusively in my private practice.
My professional story really began however, many years earlier... I was married to my 7th grade childhood sweetheart when we were both 19. We moved six times in twelve years for his career. I was not prepared for the words that changed everything in the 25th year of our marriage. As a divorced woman I had to reinvent my life - alone. I collected all my credits from everywhere we lived and started back to college full time! I also became a client. Becoming a returning adult student was both a challenging and wonderful experience! So much of what I learned in my education and through my own counseling experience helped me heal, grow and learn in the school of my own life as well!
When I graduated, my son encouraged me to move back to Kansas City to establish myself in my new career and begin a new life. I felt overwhelmed with how to navigate my way through all the new experiences facing me. I kept my married name because it was such a valuable part of my identity, a person and family I loved, and most of all, our children.
I met and married John Kelly in 2001 and share his name as well.
This beautiful photo of the well was taken at my parents home by John the day he asked me to marry him. He has always supported the dream I graduated with: to one day create my private practice!
Together, with you, I will strive to share the gift that I was given as a client. I support my clients as they reflect on their life stories and goals. They become the authors of healing and growth in their lives as well. I honor our work together as a sacred journey. It is such a valuable and important time in one’s life.