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.



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Meet Dr. Mruz

Brent P. Mruz, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of therapy experience.  In 1995, he obtained his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Murray State University, Murray, KY, and in 2004, received his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Mruz completed his Doctoral Residency at the Renfrew Center, a nationally recognized leader in the treatment of eating disorders. In his earlier years of practice, Dr. Mruz became known for his work in the areas of child and family therapy.  In this role, he wrote and presented lectures/workshops at national conferences on the subjects of play therapy, child abuse investigation, and parent-training in behavior management.  Over the past 10 years, Dr. Mruz has specialized in the treatment of trauma, along with eating disorders and addictions. He has presented nationally on the effects of trauma and dissociation, as well as biofeedback.

In 2003, Dr. Mruz began training with Michael Lukens, Ph.D., learning an experiential-based form of therapy based on Dr. Luken’s emotions-based model of human motivation. He continued this training even after moving to Ocala, Fl and joining Dr. Kelly’s practice in 2005. Together, Dr.’s Mruz, Kelly, and Lukens provided multi-day Intensive therapy workshops (in individual and group formats) to his own, and other therapists’ clients. 

For over seven years, Dr. Mruz and Dr. Kelly collaborated on numerous mini-intensives while in private practice together, adapting and refining their techniques and approach.  In January 2015, They decided to form their own intensive program and Syrona was born. In his work at Syrona, Dr. Mruz incorporates traditional treatment methods such as psychodynamic, gestalt, interpersonal, & CBT, with his extensive experience in experiential methods of therapy.  His accumulated clinical wisdom and keen grasp of motivation and emotional dynamics, allows him to quickly access and deepen a client’s emotional awareness and insight.



Meet Dr. Karlinsky

Dr. Karlinsky is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Karlinsky completed her Ph.D. at the Rosalind Franklin University/Chicago Medical School where she specialized in the treatment of eating disorders and anxiety disorders.  She was fortunate to have trained with Dr. Richard McNally, a world renowned researcher and scholar in the area of anxiety disorders. Dr. McNally ran the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Clinic at the University, where Dr. Karlinsky was able to treat patients with anxiety disorders, namely obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, and panic disorder. Dr. Karlinsky mastered the use of ERP (exposure plus response prevention) in the treatment of OCD.

Upon completion of her Ph.D. in 1993, Dr. Karlinsky became licensed in Ohio, where she worked in private practice at the Eating Management Center in Cleveland. Dr. Karlinsky treated patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive overeating, as well as overlapping diagnoses of depression and anxiety. Dr. Karlinsky maintained a thriving practice in Cleveland until relocating in 1998, when she began a ten year hiatus from clinical work to raise her three young children.

After relocating to Florida and sending her youngest off to kindergarten, Dr. Karlinsky opened her private practice in Lake Mary Florida, in 2007. Since then, Dr. Karlinsky has treated individuals, couples and families for anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression, and relationship difficulties. In 2016, Dr. Karlinsky was introduced to Drs Kelly and Mruz, and began to incorporate the treatment techniques they use at Syrona into her practice. Dr. Karlinsky continued her research and training in the importance of emotions, in addition to cognition and history in the most challenging mental health diagnoses. Dr. Karlinsky has been working closely with Dr. Kelly in this fascinating, highly effective but relatively new direction in the field of clinical psychology.



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