Therapist Spotlight: Rosemary Kelley, MS, LCPC, CADC

Rosemary is a psychotherapist at Wildflower. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Mills College and Master’s degree from National-Louis University in Addictions Studies. Rosemary is also a certified alcohol/other drug counselor (CADC). She has extensive training in mood disorders and trauma, and draws from a variety of clinical approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Therapies, Family Systems. Read Rosemary’s full bio here.

What inspired you to pursue a career as a psychotherapist?

I’ve always been a “helper” and “caregiver.” What led me to pursue a career as a psychotherapist was a combination of my own experience in therapy and the encouragement of a mentor at the time. This work has always felt more like a calling than a career for me.

As a psychotherapist, what part of your job is most satisfying?

The part of my job that is most satisfying is helping clients gain insight and put the pieces of the puzzle together.

How would you describe your therapeutic approach?

I would describe my approach as warm, empathic, sprinkled with humor (when possible). I also enjoy “teaching” and will share knowledge when appropriate.

Why do you believe that psychotherapy can help?

I really believe that having an opportunity to find and express one’s voice in a caring non-judgmental environment is powerful medicine.

What are some of your specialties and what drew you to them?

I began as a therapist working in Addictions Counseling. Over the years, as the field has evolved, I have expanded into dual diagnosis and mood disorders. Most recently, I have been increasingly focusing on trauma-informed work, grief & loss, life transitions. In both my personal and professional life, I have known so many who have struggled with one or all of these issues.

What is one thing about psychotherapy you wish everyone knew?

Asking for help is a strength and takes courage!

What is your motto or personal mantra?

A favorite quote is from The Little Prince, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

What are your favorite self-care activities?

I love time connecting with my family, friends, and pets! Other things I enjoy are time in nature, walking by the lake, my butterfly garden (and watching the metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly on my kitchen counter), reading, Netflix, and a good laugh. I try to practice what I preach by getting enough sleep, and eating in a way that supports a positive mood.