Kelly specializes in working with individuals with autism, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, chronic illness, and parenting support. She has been in the field of arts in medicine for over a decade and has spent seven years providing outpatient art therapy in private practice.
Kelly began her career as an artist-in-residence for Art with a Heart in Healthcare, providing art at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. She was formerly a museum educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, where she played an integral role in the development of an educational art program designed to serve students with autism.
Kelly has completed multiple adaptive art education residencies for VSA Florida (now Arts4All). She previously taught academics to students with autism at the Jacksonville School for Autism, and taught adaptive art at a center school for students with varying exceptionalities for Duval County Public Schools.
Kelly is a registered art therapist, licensed special educator, certified yoga instructor, and reiki practitioner. She has provided numerous trainings and workshops for parents and professionals on topics related to art therapy 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 is currently receiving advanced training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT teaches mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Through her work at Indigo Art Therapy Studio and community advocacy, she hopes to help make art accessible to all and to raise awareness about the strengths and abilities of those living with autism and chronic illness. Kelly has learned to lead an adaptive, mindful lifestyle as a person affected by Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and related chronic health conditions.