Meet Dr. Kelly
Kathleen J. Kelly, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of therapy experience. A graduate of The University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Kelly’s research and clinical work focused on achievement motivation, eating disorders, and sport psychology. In her clinical practice, Dr. Kelly has sought out specialized training in the areas of anxiety, depression, emotional trauma, emotional overeating/obesity, and attachment disorders.
In 2002, Dr. Kelly started her own general, private practice in Ocala, Florida, where she saw clients with a wide variety of presenting issues. In 2005, Dr. Mruz joined the practice and together they trained under Michael D. Lukens, Ph.D., who was developing an innovative therapy approach based on his emotions-based model of human motivation. For six years, Dr.’s Kelly, Mruz, and Lukens individually and together conducted 2-, 3-, and 5-day intensive therapy workshops. All the clients were their own or other therapist’s clients who were “stalled” in their regular therapy. In 2012, Dr. Kelly furthered her training by working with Dr. Lukens while he started his own addiction treatment center. For two- and a-half years Dr. Kelly practiced and refined the intensive format in the arena of alcohol and drug addictions.
In January, 2015, Dr. Kelly started Syrona, with Dr. Mruz joining shortly thereafter. The focus is on providing both clients and therapists an option for intensive therapy that is customized and shorter-term than the larger, national treatment programs. Dr. Kelly and Dr. Mruz continue to expand their training, staying up to date on the most recent advances in psychotherapy. Dr. Kelly incorporates aspects of traditional methods, including interpersonal, humanistic, psychodynamic, gestalt, and CBT, along with current, state-of-the-art, experiential approaches in her interventions. Currently, Dr. Kelly is working on her certification in the neurobiology of trauma and attachment.
In addition to her work as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Kelly has also worked in the area of sport psychology. In her earlier life, Dr. Kelly was an equestrian athlete and enthusiast. After graduate school, she traveled nationally conducting clinics, lectures, and psychology workshops for equestrian organizations and athletes. In this role, Dr. Kelly co-authored two books with the late Jill Hassler-Scoop; 1) Equestrian Education: Professional Development for Instructors and 2) The Riding Experience and Beyond: Professional Development for Riders.