Kelly specializes in working with adults, children, and teens with anxiety, autism, chronic illness, disabilities, mood disorders, ADHD, and depression. She provides non-judgmental parenting support and self-care for caregivers. She is a peer mentor and advocate for LGBT+ youth and individuals with disabilities.
Kelly has been in the field of arts and healthcare for fourteen years. She is a registered art therapist, licensed special educator, certified yoga instructor, and reiki practitioner. She has provided numerous trainings and workshops on topics related to art therapy, mindfulness, and accessibility in art education. She received her Master’s in Art Therapy from Florida State University and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Florida.
Kelly began her career in arts in medicine as an artist-in-residence at Wolfson Children’s Hospital through Art with a Heart in Healthcare. As a former museum educator and art therapist at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, she played an integral role in the development of an educational art initiative serving students with autism. Kelly also provided adaptive art education residencies for Arts4All (formerly VSA Florida). She has taught academics and art to students with autism and varying exceptionalities in public and private school settings.
Kelly has received advanced training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), an evidence-based form of cognitive behavioral therapy that systematically teaches mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The ultimate goal of DBT is to learn to lead a life worth living. Kelly incorporates body movement, mindful breathing, guided visualization, and somatic experiencing into her art therapy practice.
As a person living with a disability herself, Kelly has learned to lead a healthy lifestyle through her own art-making, adaptive yoga, and mindfulness practices. Through her work at Indigo Art Therapy Studio and Indigo Art Center, she hopes to help make the healing power of art accessible to all.