I strive to understand the past, present, individual and systemic factors that have led to current challenges.

Our Team

Monica Kelly, PhD

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Prolonged exposure (PE)

Therapy Style

My aim is to ensure that each individual with whom I work experiences a sense of being respected and heard by using an empathic, non-judgmental, and collaborative style. I strive to understand the past, present, individual and systemic factors that have led to current challenges and help guide each client to identify their values and develop practical goals for treatment. I meet each individual where they are at, while using a supportive yet direct approach to facilitate change and/or acceptance in an effort to help clients reach their goals.

Education

BS - Psychology, University of Arizona

MA - Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona

PhD - Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona

Diplomat of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine

APA Accredited Predoctoral Internship in Behavioral Medicine, VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS)/ University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Psychology Internship Training Program

Advanced Fellowship, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

License Number and State

CA 31810

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

Hiking, yoga, traveling, and exploring new areas of town and restaurants.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

My go-to self-care strategies are my morning cup of tea, deep breathing, and stretching or yoga.

How do you recharge?

Lounging with my two cats on the couch is an excellent way to relax after a long day.

Why did you become a psychologist?

My decision to become a clinical psychologist was motivated by both personal and professional experiences. My interest in stress and resiliency was inspired by my mother who returned to school in her 40’s to earn a degree in social work and succeed despite numerous challenges. As an undergraduate, I became intrigued by the science of psychology, especially studies of sleep disorders, stress, and emotion regulation. This interest prompted me to seek out a research assistantship in a lab focusing on interventions for sleep, trauma, and mood. My clinical research training and motivation to make a difference in the lives of others solidified my desire to pursue training in evidence-based psychotherapy.