Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with individuals diagnosed with developmental and/or intellectual disability since 2012.
She worked as an Early Intervention Social Worker in Rochester, NY prior to her current social work role at a Chemung County agency that provides clinical, residential, family support, and vocational services to people who are OPWDD-eligible.
She provides individual therapy to people of all ages, but a significant portion of the individuals she works with are youth and young adults. She collaborates with other service providers, family members, and key members of individuals’ support systems to promote high-quality services and positive outcomes.
Prior to her work with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, she worked for five years in the youth development field creating events, programs, and trainings for youth and the adults who support them.
Kelly earned her B.S. in Social Work in 2010 from Nazareth College and her MSW from the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program of Nazareth College and SUNY Brockport in 2011. Her program concentration in graduate school was Family and Community Practice, which is a focus she continues to find valuable in her current work.
Treatment modalities include (but are certainly not limited to): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. Kelly is open to exploring a wide variety of therapeutic interventions to identify which are most effective and meaningful for each individual she supports.
She also has substantial experience developing and facilitating group therapy curricula for topics such as anger management, grief and loss, empathy, aging, managing transitions, and healthy relationships.
Specialty areas on which Kelly has focused her extensive professional development include trauma-informed counseling, addressing mental health needs and challenging behaviors in individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. She is certified as a safeTALK trainer through LivingWorks and provides community trainings to promote suicide alertness and create safer communities.
Services are available in community and in-home settings throughout Chemung, Steuben, Allegany, Tioga and Schuyler Counties, as well as in office setting in Elmira, NY.
Evening and weekend appointments are available.