Colleen Kelly specializes in helping couples and families heal from past hurts and trauma to find a way back to a more loving connection. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Colleen is dedicated to providing sensitive, leading-edge, research-supported therapy to families, couples, adults and adolescents.  Colleen Kelly has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples & families and in Mentalization. Colleen is a certified in Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy.  She is the Co-Director of PCH (Psychological Care & Healing) Treatment Center’s Family Program in Santa Monica, California – where she runs successful monthly weekend intensives for clients and their family members in addition to a three week on-line family program.   In these settings she provides interactive learning, psychoeducation and runs multi-family groups as well as conducts couple and family therapy for clients and their family members.  Colleen maintains a private practice in Irvine, California. 

Background and Orientation

Colleen received a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge where she graduated with distinction.  Colleen has presented at seminars and conducted workshops on a wide variety of topics.  Colleen has worked with at-risk youth in hospital and school settings, in addition to working with individuals, couples and families at several community clinics.  Colleen has worked at treatment centers specializing in addiction and recovery and also taught in the Addiction Studies Program at California Southern University.  Colleen uses a psychodynamic, attachment-based orientation in understanding how we learn, grow and heal individually and in the context of a relationship.  Underpinning Colleen’s work as a therapist is a long-time personal and professional interest in mindfulness studies and body-oriented forms of healing, including being certified as a Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist.

Colleen is an active member of the following organizations:

International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
Orange County Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
California Association of Marriage Family Therapists