Therapist - LMSW - Individuals / Couples

Kelly Abernethy LMSW

Therapist - LMSW - Individuals / Couples

Kelly Abernethy LMSW, is a Licensed Masters Social Worker with over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist, personal trainer, advocate and wellness specialist. Kelly practices therapy with individuals and couples using a collaborative, holistic and insight oriented approach. She provides a safe and non-judgemental space for clients to explore feelings, circumstances and conflicts impeding their sense of efficacy and wellness. Kelly views clients as the experts of their own experience and empowers them to find their voice, think outside the box and reach their goals. As a social worker she breaks from traditional psychology’s focus on the individual, instead viewing client issues through systemic and social justice lenses. In addition to general practice Kelly specializes in working with individuals and couples going through transitions including divorce, breakups, blending families, trauma and loss as well as entering new stages of life. She also has extensive experience and passion for health and wellness, body image, disordered eating and women’s issues.

Professional Experience

PSYCHOTHERAPIST, WELLNESS COACH AND PERSONAL TRAINER
9/12 – 9/19

KBlueFit Wellness Coaching and Personal Training, Kittery, ME
Engaged individuals and couples in insight oriented and behavioral talk therapy, often around issues related to their health, lifestyle and body image

• Successfully supported clients in shifting their mindset and making positive behavioral change

• Coached individual and groups in highly engaging and results driven sessions

• Passionately participated in community education and advocacy

• Used strength and other movement practices as well as coaching to help clients increase motivation, sense of empowerment and wellness, including reduction of symptoms of anxiety and depression.

OUTPATIENT THERAPIST
Counseling Services Inc, Kittery, ME, 1/9 – 8/12
Provided evidence based individual and family therapy in an outpatient setting.

• Demonstrated a high level of client engagement and retention

• Connected positively with clients at all developmental stages

• Collaborated successfully with families and other service providers • Selected as federal probation liaison clinician.

CO-FOUNDER AND CLINICAL DIRECTOR MATERNAL WELLNESS CENTER
Philadelphia, PA, 8/04-4/08
Co-founded a non-profit to address the needs of new mothers and their families

• Provided engaging educational programming to community

• Participated in successful fundraising effort

• Provided individual, couples and family therapy to diverse populations utilizing multiple therapeutic approaches.

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Professional Education

1998
MSW, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

1993
BA, SOCIOLOGY, INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

2017
Certified Mind BodyEating Psychology Coach, IPE,

2013
Certified Personal Trainer and nutrition coach, NPTI, Diploma

Services

Understanding that the teenage years and adolescence can be hard. It’s difficult to deal with all the changes. Changes in your body, in self-identity, relationships, etc. The pressure to perform. Emerging feelings of sexuality.

We will help you restore the close emotional connections that you want and long for. You will learn to recognize the dance of communication that keeps you distant from your partner. You can save your relationship. More Relationships End Than Need Too.

Get the happiness you want and deserve. We’re guided by the belief that the ultimate goal of your life is to be happy. We strive to help you transform. Helping you with the issues that you are facing & helping you get unstuck.

TCG Child & Family Institute counseling therapy was started because often times, entire families need support while trying to communicate, learn, and create boundaries.

Infertility changes you. Physically, emotionally, socially, martially and financially. The experience is filled with stress. Who & how much to tell? How to cope with the fertile world? Knowing how to communicate with loved ones & health care providers? How to juggle treatment, personal life and, above all, how to bear the interminable waiting?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that helps people heal from the symptoms and emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences. Few psychological treatments have been as widely heralded as EMDR.

Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) is the use of intense concentration & focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness. The hypnotic state allows you to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories that might have been otherwise hidden from your conscious mind due to the brain’s defense mechanisms.

Assessment consists of a Clinical face-to-face, in-person interview and collateral interviews with significant others. A psychosocial history is obtained to include presenting problem, including a discussion of pertinent and detailed information describing contributing factors, incidents and issues that precipitated assessment.

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