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Education, Experience and Credentials

Counseling Education

While employed in the community mental health field, Kelly earned the academic degree of Master of Arts in the discipline of Integral Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. 

What is the view of ‘Integral Counseling Psychology?’

Integral counseling views that consciousness is multidimensional; that human beings have valid urges toward individual, social, and transcendental awareness and functioning; and that people may be assisted in accessing and utilizing their own inner wisdom for greater emotional and psychological integration. Drawing from the psychological and spiritual traditions of East and West, cross-cultural and social science research, and humanistic and transpersonal psychologies, blending experiential and theoretical approaches in the development of strong psychotherapeutic skills for living.

Kelly supplemented his academic degree with subsequent postgraduate training:

  • Comprehensive supervised psychodynamic psychotherapy training at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley
  • Control-mastery theory education and case consultation at San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group
  • Continuing education in cognitive-behavioral therapy and EMDR through John F. Kennedy University
  • Continuing education and EMDR training from EMDR International Association
  • Ecopsychology and outdoor counseling approaches in Northern California and Sierra Nevada wilderness


Clinical Experience

  • Counseling with adults at Haight Ashbury Psychological Services, San Francisco
  • Crisis, suicide prevention, counseling and mental health support services at San Francisco Suicide Prevention
  • Residential treatment for severe mental illness at Progress Foundation’s Clay Street House, San Francisco
  • Day-treatment for people having severe mental illnesses at Bonita House Creative Wellness Center, Berkeley
  • Residential treatment of severe mental illness at Cordilleras Mental Health Rehabilitation Center, Redwood City
  • Residential treatment for severe mental illness at Caminar, Redwood House, Redwood City
  • DUI group and individual counseling at Counseling Services for Drinking Drivers Inc., San Francisco
  • DUI group and individual counseling at Mission Council on Alcohol Abuse, San Francisco
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy 3-year postgraduate training at The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley
  • Child counseling at Contra Costa County Head Start programs in the dangerous “Iron Triangle” of Richmond, CA
  • Child counseling in the Child Abuse Treatment Program at Peninsula Family Services, San Mateo
  • Counseling for teens at Adolescent Counseling Services at Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto
  • Counseling for teens at Adolescent Counseling Services at ACS After School Program, Palo Alto
  • Past private practice offices were located in Palo Alto, San Mateo, and Pacifica
  • Currently in full-time private practice, exclusively in Half Moon Bay 

Professional Credentials

  • Wilderness First Aid Certification, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
  • Wilderness Reflections’ Professional Ecotherapy and Wilderness Quest Guide training
  • Certificate, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley
  • License, Marriage and Family Therapy, California Board of Behavioral Sciences, LMFT 51065
  • Master of Arts, Integral Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Accounting, California State University Fresno
  • Featured in Half Moon Bay Review: Psychotherapist Harnesses Healing Power of Nature

Professional and Community Affiliations, Interests, Activities

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