M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor
Kelly offers 26 years of experience; working with families and individuals in the areas of: Relationships (Family, Marriage, Workplace), Individual issues (Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Family-of Origin, Grief, Sexuality), Trauma Intervention (Childhood Sexual Abuse, MVA's, Rape), and workplace-related Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. Kelly's approach to counselling is a brief, solutions-based therapy which integrates modalities such as Rational Emotive Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Narrative Therapy, and Metapsychology.
Prior to becoming a therapist Kelly spent nine years working as a funeral director and nineteen years as a nurse's aide in a retirement facility and in providing home care.
There are three aspects that help to describe how Kelly approaches the counselling experience.
1. To offer a counselling experience where people feel comfortable, respected, accepted for who they are, and invited to experience life and relationships at a healthier dynamic than before they engaged in counselling.
2. To “come along side” clients rather than push or pull them through counselling. Kelly considers every person who enters the counselling experience to be his equal in worth as a fellow human being. The “expert” in the room is the person he is engaging with. His role as a seasoned therapist is to provide a non-judgmental listening ear, explore alternate perspectives, provide objective feedback, assist with connecting the dots between present and past experiences, and offer relevant information.
3. To explore root issues which develop our beliefs about self and others (healthy or unhealthy) and how we live that out in our daily lives. Kelly believes that as human beings we benefit when we develop healthy core beliefs (e.g., “I have the right to be respected”) and learn to grow healthy boundaries around them. Clients also benefit when they change unhealthy beliefs (e.g., “I'm not enough”) resulting in a greater level of overall healthiness in life and relationships.
In 1997 Kelly earned his Master's Degree from Briercrest Biblical Seminary. In 2001 he received certification in Trauma Intervention from the Justice Institute in New Westminster, B.C. He has specialized training in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) (2005), Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) (2008), and Life Stress Reduction (LSR) (2009).
In 2011 Kelly experienced divorce. In 2013 Kelly was remarried. Together he and Diane have five children, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Kelly has found that his work-life balance is found in woodworking, renovating, horticulture, and watching good movies. As he emphasizes to clients, the heavy and dark parts of life need to be balanced out with the lightness and light that come from appreciating and looking forward to experiencing the little things that exist all around us!
Kelly Cook ReachesLethbridge AB