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About Kelley Kitley

Kelley Kitley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience in the field. She is a sought after international women’s mental health expert and author who has appeared in hundreds of publications, podcasts, live news, and radio.

Learn more about Kelley’s speaking engagements here.

 

Kelley has an eclectic array of experience using a holistic approach. Her areas of expertise include anxiety and depression, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, enhancing relationships with couples, using a short term model called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT.) Kelley also works with patients in longer term treatment to work through trauma,(including rape and sexual abuse) eating disorders, substance abuse, loss and phase of life issues.

She’s an action oriented therapist who believes the therapeutic process is a partnership and works with clients to define and ultimately achieve their goals. She uses positive psychology and coaching to help people be the best version of themselves.

Award Winning Amazon Best Selling Author of

MY self, An Autobiography of Survival

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million—experiences mental illness in a given year. Additionally, mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44. Left untreated, the resulting symptoms range from alcoholism and drug addiction to incarcerations, homelessness and suicide. Despite these statistics, nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year. Why be alarmed? The majority of those living without treatment are women, despite the fact that along a spectrum that includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder, women are twice as more likely to be affected than men. In MY self, debut author, columnist, speaker, and social worker Kelley Kitley shares a near mythical Phoenix rising tale of triumph against easily considered insurmountable odds, that plunged her deeper into the abyss. Far from another crash and burn autobiography of grief, MY self lays bare the vulnerability and isolation unique to Kitley, and to women in general, while revealing the transformation of loss into a surplus of riches beyond even the very author’s wildest imagination.

Treatment

Kelley’s primary approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is the theoretical orientation we practice that focuses on the link between thoughts, behavior, and emotions. Research has demonstrated that CBT is the most efficacious form of treatment for several psychological problems, including depression and many forms of anxiety including panic disorder, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessions, and­ compulsions.

CBT is a present-focused approach to therapy and the emphasis is on understanding the thoughts and behaviors that maintain symptoms, testing out new behaviors, and changing your approach to your thoughts, either by challenging maladaptive thinking or learning to accept internal experience in a non-judgmental fashion.

Kelley also uses insight-oriented and psychodynamic treatment approaches to help you understand the impact of your childhood experience on your current functioning.

Consultations, Life Coaching, Keynote Speaking Opportunities, Psychoeducational Presentations, and Media Appearances are also available upon request.

Couples

Maintaining a strong and healthy connection with your partner is a MUST in any relationship. The special conditions of pregnancy, recovering from childbirth, running a busy household, balancing work and multiple children can make it difficult to prioritize your relationship and leave you feeling like you are living with a roommate not a romantic partner.

Many of the couples I work with have enormous responsibilities on a day-to-day basis, often feeling depleted by the end of the day with nothing left to energize their relationship. It is important to make a conscience effort to increase emotional and physical intimacy.

We need to slow down and be reminded of what made us fall in love with our partner in the first place. Remember how much you would look forward to seeing one another at the end of the day when you were dating, trying out new restaurants together, participating in common interests together, laughing, and what you were initially physically attracted to.

Relationship Tip #1

Once the kids are in bed, carve out some time to turn off the “screens” and check in with each other, rather than run through the list of things that need to get done the following day. Find out about a project your spouse is focused on at work, set up your next date night, share perspectives about a topic going on in the news.

Relationship Tip #2

Be present and listen to what your partners needs are (and make sure they hear yours) so you can be a team rather than focusing on what your partner is NOT doing. Replace “You never put your clothes in the laundry basket and you always leave dirty dishes in the sink” with, “I don’t feel as exhausted at the end of the night when you help me get the kids to bed.” “I really appreciate being able to get to the gym on the weekends before we start all of the activities.”

Relationship Tip #3

Keep a list of what is already working well, what you appreciate about each other, and continue to build on the strengths. “He compliments me when I am feeling less than attractive”, “she stopped at the grocery store on her way home from work and picked that gallon of milk we needed”, “we share common core beliefs about parenting”, “when I am worried about something, he is a good sounding board and helps simplify things”

Relationship Tip #4

Take turns initiating “sexy time” at least once a week. It can be a great way to relieve stress and help relax to get a good night’s sleep. Most couples report that they feel emotionally closer to their partner after they have engaged in some kind of physical touch. Put sexual intimacy on the calendar and make each other accountable. Often times we say we are too tired at the end of the day and physical intimacy is the first thing to go by the wayside. Try setting the alarm 15 minutes early – morning sex is a great alternative!

Loving relationships require continual work. You must be patient and make a commitment to keep it thriving.

Serendipity. (serənˈdipədē).

n. the happy occurrence of fortunate discoveries by chance.

Speaking Engagements

In conjunction with Kelley’s passion for 1:1 and couples treatment in the office, her mission is to break the silence and stigma of mental health and addiction and provide hope for those still struggling. Her philosophy is that anyone can benefit from at least 1 year of psychotherapy. She believes we would all be more gentle with ourselves and empathic toward one another.

Kelley is a national keynote speaker, moderator, workshop presenter, and panelist on topics including but not limited to:

  • work/life balance

  • women’s issues

  • overcoming adversity

  • mental health
  • current events
  • addiction/recovery
  • motivational/inspirational

Past Speaking Engagements:

Keynote Thrive Counseling Center Gala Oak Park Country Club

Mental Health of America Conference Workshop Presenter “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Wellness” with Keynote Abby Wambach 

She Recovers Weekend Retreat at The Beverly Hilton Panelist “We Are All Recovering from Something” with Keynote Cheryl Strayed

Resilience Gala “Survivor’s Story” Speaker with Tarana Burke #metoo Founder

The Well North Shore Workshop Facilitator “Becoming the Best Version of Yourself”

Chicago Woman Week Get Noticed at EvolveHer Workshop Facilitator Entrepreneurship

Creative Women’s Company Speaker/Facilitator Creating Your Own Business “Never Take No for An Answer” 

Renewing Mom Speaker “Enhancing Your Relationship After Children” 

Bump Club and Beyond Resident Expert Speaker and Group Facilitator “Post Partum Depression and The Baby Blues” 

Timberline Knolls Eating Disorder Moderator at Loyola University 

Media

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Fees and Schedule

 

Appointments are $250 for 45 minute sessions. Extended sessions, home visits, and couples weekend intensives are available upon request. There’s a 48 hour business day cancellation/no show fee. The appointment time you’ve booked is reserved exclusively for your convenience. If you cancel your appointment with less than 48 hours notice or don’t show up to your appointment, the full rate for the session will be charged.

Serendipitous Psychotherapy, LLC is an out of network provider.  Payment for service is required at the time of appointment. If you have insurance coverage, you can submit the receipt for potential reimbursement. Kelley will assist in providing all appropriate information needed.  Cash, checks, Health Savings Account, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Kelley’s office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm to accommodate before work and lunch appointments for the business professional.

Contact

Kelley Kitley, LCSW
Kelley is currently offering tele health sessions by appointment.
312-590-5710

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