Kelly Edwards, LMFT Associate, LPC Intern

supervised by Juliane Taylor Shore, LPC S, LMFT S

One of our clinicians who is in active training in the post graduate IPNB training program,  Kelly is in his mid forties and came to psychotherapy as a second career. Kelly's energy is gentle and curious. He has studied attachment theory and EMDR, and brings both to help clients with developmental trauma healing. Kelly does depth work with those wanting to solve dilemmas, explore relational health, and heal anxiety.  Kelly is bilingual in Spanish and English, and is also an experienced couples therapist. He utilizes RLT as his main guide to help couples gain connection and intimacy again.

Specialties

EMDR 

Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 & 2

RLT (Relational Life Therapy) Level 1

Therapy in Spanish and Portuguese

price for services:

$120 per 50 minute session

Sliding scale available? Yes

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Above all else, we seek connection–with parts of ourselves that we have repressed, with other people, and with the larger universe. We cannot experience life in its fullness unless we have an intimate relationship with another human being and, beyond that, a feeling of connection with the world around us.”

—HARVILLE HENDRIX 

Q&A with Kelly

How does talking to someone help?

I believe if an individual or a couple is looking for meaningful change, talking is not enough. One of the most important factors for change is the therapeutic relationship. I have a warm, relational approach that is trauma-informed, client-centered and experiential. The therapy I provide is evidence-based and informed by neuroscience, feminist psychology, and grounded in theories of family therapy. I also like to have clients pay attention to their body sensations in therapy, which gives clients insight into their feelings. Feelings help us connect with ourselves, with others, and help us in making decisions. If we only talk and do not focus on feelings, we are only using half of the brain to face the issues brought into therapy.

What is your first question for a client, and why?

“What brings you into therapy at this time?” This question helps me understand the story the client tells about themselves and the struggles they are facing because of that story. People often identify with a certain story—a way of describing their life, their stress, their struggles, and their worries. What the client often does not recognize is that there is a different story that needs to be uncovered to really deal with the issues.  My hope is that through therapy I can help help clients adopt a new narrative about their lives.

What is the best thing that you have learned from one of your people?

One of the first clients that I worked with taught me two very valuable lessons. As a new therapist I was eager to move the client’s healing forward in concrete, measurable ways. The more I pushed, the more the client shut down and the more we felt disconnected. This taught me to slow down and follow the client’s pace. It also taught me that rather than solely relying on my therapeutic training, I must trust that every individual innately poses the tools they need to heal. Lots of times they just need help realizing they have the tools and how to use them most effectively. 

Our couples come to us so often saying that communication issues are their biggest hardship. In this video Kelly Edwards, LPC-Intern, LMFT-Associate and Juliane Taylor Shore LPC-S, LMFT-S share one tool that can transform your communication issues when you want to share something about a difficult moment with your partner. Grounding in Love and Repair?!? Yes, please.