Kelly Leedy, LISW-S (she/her)
Kelly completed her bachelor’s with a dual degree in psychology and neuroscience at East Carolina University. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Her concentration was in adult mental health, and she has spent much of her time working in college counseling settings. Upon graduation from her master’s program, Kelly completed a Post-Master’s Fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Counseling and Psychological Services.
Kelly’s approach to therapy is collaborative, strength-based, and trauma-informed. She believes a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients is a crucial aspect of the healing process and works to create a safe, respectful, and non-judgmental environment. She aims to provide her clients the space to be truly seen and heard, especially when facing issues of grief, loss, transition, and trauma. As a therapist, she works with her clients to build a trusting relationship that strengthens their resiliency and increases their coping skills. Kelly strives to empower her clients to discover their best, authentic selves.
She has spent much of her career working with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University. She has enjoyed additional experience throughout her career working in human trafficking, with military personnel, and in crisis intervention. Her professional area of interest is trauma, and she has focused on experiences of individuals, collective trauma, sexual violence, and cultural/racial trauma. She is passionate about the healing and resiliency components of counseling work, and she especially values supporting those with experiences of trauma. When working with individuals that have experienced trauma, she collaborates with her clients to ensure a treatment experience that empowers them and protects them from re-traumatization.
She has worked with a variety of presenting concerns and enjoys working with those that have experienced trauma(s), members of the LGBTQIA community, attachment issues, and interpersonal (relationship) difficulties. Her therapeutic style integrates a mind-body approach with cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal therapies within a multicultural framework. She is trained in evidenced-based trauma treatments including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Kelly is a Level I Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist (SP) and she uses a holistic approach that includes somatic, emotional, and cognitive processing and integration.
Kelly enjoys spending time outdoors walking her dog, hiking, running, and kayaking. She also enjoys listening to music, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Most importantly, she practices gratitude daily by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things that she is thankful for.