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Kelly Kirby Psychotherapy, LCSW

Kelly Kirby is a licensed clinical social worker with many years of experience working with adolescents and adults and supervising licensed mental health providers in clinic settings. She utilizes an integrated approach that is person-centered and draws from training in EMDR, interpersonal modalities, cognitive behavioral approaches, and mindfulness-based techniques.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“My approach is client-centered, strengths-based, and a perpetual partnership built on respect for each person’s unique life journey.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
While I had the idea of becoming a social worker growing up, I ended up in the meetings and events planning industry after college. I really enjoyed the work, traveled quite a bit, and sought out volunteer opportunities in New York City with inner-city youth in my freetime. I found I was most fulfilled while volunteering and made the big decision to change careers. I went to graduate school at NYU for my master’s in social work and it was the best decision I ever made. I began working with adolescents in Washington Heights in a school-based health center and worked for many years in an outpatient mental health clinic in Queens, focusing on adults and also providing clinical supervision to licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and psychologists in various settings. While I enjoy supervising and teaching others, I am most fulfilled when I am working as a therapist and truly enjoy having a part-time private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that each person has their own unique path in the healing process and that our work together is a collaboration. We will begin the work by getting to know each other and developing a plan together. My approach is client-centered, strengths-based, and a perpetual partnership built on respect for each person’s unique life journey. While I offer telehealth sessions primarily, I also can provide the opportunity for in-person sessions surrounded by nature and horses at my horse farm in Dutchess County, New York.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about the growing awareness in our society of the highly effective treatment modalities for trauma and healing, including energy psychology, EMDR (which uses bilateral tapping, auditory stimulation, and eye movements), and emotional freedom technique (tapping). I am also involved in equine-assisted psychotherapy, as this is another evidence-based trauma treatment modality that is growing in awareness (it’s mostly known through programs with veterans suffering from PTSD). Finally, I am also very happy to see that access to mental health services is growing by leaps and bounds and that the option of telehealth services is another way we can decrease the barriers to accessing mental health treatment when needed.
“While I offer telehealth sessions primarily, I also can provide the opportunity for in-person sessions surrounded by nature and horses at my horse farm in Dutchess County, New York.”
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