Kelly Kilgallon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Chicago, IL, who works with adolescents and adults across the gender spectrum. Many of her clients find themselves participating sufficiently in their daily lives but struggling to feel a sense of self-worth and vitality. Kelly connects well with clients feeling dissatisfied with their work, social relationships, identity and/or body.
Kelly approaches therapy from a combination of three modalities: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, shifting her approach depending on the present moment experience of her client and their goals. When using DBT and ACT, Kelly guides her clients in gaining awareness of and openness to their emotions to help liberate them from emotional suffering. She also coaches them on how to reconnect with their goals and values, from which they can take more satisfying and meaningful action in their lives. When using a psychodynamic approach, Kelly explores with her clients the emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations that are troubling them in order to help them develop a sense of self-understanding and self-acceptance.
Kelly bases her therapeutic process in acceptance and compassion, prioritizing clients' goals for themselves and treating them as the authority on their own experience. Kelly has spent the last seven years working with clients of many different cultural backgrounds and identities in both individual and group therapy, and she remains committed to providing a therapy space that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable.
At this time, Kelly is only accepting new individual therapy clients in her telehealth practice, with the plan to offer both in-person and telehealth sessions in the new year.
Self-esteem - Cultivating a sense of self-worth and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience
Body image - Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception.
Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
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Years of Experience: 8 years
Compass Health Center, Lead Therapist, 2016 - 2021
Insight Behavioral Health, Staff Therapist, 2014 - 2016
Loyola University Chicago, MSW, 2014
Washington University in St. Louis, BA, 2011