Kelly offers 19 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.
His approach to counselling has three aspects.
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 level than when they first came in.
To “come along side” clients rather than push or pull them through the counselling experience. He considers every person who enters his office to be his equal in worth as a fellow human being. The “expert” in the room is the person he is counselling with. His role is to provide a non-judgemental listening ear, offer alternate perspectives, and objective feedback. The goal is to achieve a higher level of healthiness.
To explore root issues as they relate to our core beliefs (either healthy or unhealthy beliefs). He believes that individuals need to learn to set good boundaries around their healthy core beliefs (e.g. “I have the right to respect from others”), or to change unhealthy beliefs (e.g. “Women are less than men”) in order to achieve a greater level of overall healthiness in life and relationships.
In 1997 Kelly earned his Masters 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). Kelly is currently in the last stages of writing and developing a workbook for publication, entitled "Discovering Who I Am", to be used both for individual counselling and in a workshop setting.