Colleen Kelly, MS LMFT
Colleen Kelly specializes in couple and family therapy with advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and families and in Mentalization Based Treatment as well as being certified in Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy. Colleen runs a Family Program at PCH Treatment Center (Psychological Care & Healing) in Santa Monica, California where she conducts weekend intensives and runs an On-Line Family Program. Colleen maintains a private practice in Irvine, California.
Orange County Office
4010 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604
Areas of Practice
All of us struggle at times with overwhelming events: loss, personal tragedies, life transitions, forms of emotional or physical pain, and relationship difficulties. Given the many stressors we face, we can easily become overwhelmed, stressed out or afflicted by psychological symptoms.
Whether you are just beginning a relationship, or you have been in one for a long time, we all come up against certain, distinctly human struggles and difficulties.
Focusing is a powerful process that takes you beyond the limitations of your intellect to your innermost knowing. In this process you hold an open non-judging awareness of something that is not yet fully known but is distinctly felt by the body.
Mentalization helps us to understand how and why misunderstandings happen in relationships. Learning how to mentalize effectively leads to improved relations and smoother social interactions. Mentalizing can help us to clarify our own perspective along with an openness and flexibility in seeing more than one side of the situation.
We come into this world with a unique set of gifts. If we are nurtured and responded to while growing up, and there was a space made for our uniqueness, as well as our feelings, then we are more likely to lead fulfilling lives whereby this uniqueness can be realized.