Kelley’s Edge: Artistic Authenticity and Creative Expression
Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Trauma/PTSD through Internal Family Systems (IFS), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Art Therapy
- Eating Disorders
Initially, I was drawn to the art world, earning my BFA and working with contemporary artists. This work allowed me to see from many perspectives, creatively problem-solve, and find resources. Wanting to help people in an even deeper way, I changed my career to mental health. As I did with the artists I worked with before, I now view each client’s dedication, creativity, and resiliency in their effort to live authentically. My clients deserve that same dedication and creativity in my work with them. To me, we are all artists as part of our inherent value; however, clients don’t have to believe that themselves to use art therapy as a tool for healing–it’s about the process and the exploration of self, not the finished product. My clients are sensitive, resilient, creative people who find themselves feeling stuck, tired, hurt, or struggling. I help them process trauma so they can reconnect with themselves and others as well as shift old patterns to live more freely in the present.
As an Licensed Professional Counselor, I am one of the few registered art therapists in Georgia, and am also certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals to treat complex trauma such as attachment trauma issues, dissociative disorders, and PTSD. I have experience directing programs at a residential and intensive outpatient treatment center providing holistic individualized treatment, including eating disorders and working with children and adolescents. I use a combination of clinically sound, insight-oriented processes that incorporate psychodynamic psychotherapy, and body-based approaches such as art therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Somatic Experiencing.
“I feel lighter, like a burden has been lifted off. I feel more connected to myself and am glad to learn about these parts of myself I haven’t known before. It’s really neat. I feel like a new person.”
“Art is an experience, not an object.”
~ Robert Motherwell (posted by a client on my door)