THOMAS E. KELLY, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Clinic Director (he/him)
Dr. Kelly is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor with 37 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults. Over the course of his career, from training to practice, his developmental path as a Clinical Psychologist has evolved in some very distinct and unique directions – sometimes divergent, sometimes related, always connected. Likewise, the paths of the individuals he has had the privilege to serve, have evolved in some very distinct and unique directions.
In addition to a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Kelly also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Studies and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago. Doctoral clinical internship training was at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center in New York. Dr. Kelly has worked in a variety of mental health settings and levels of care including residential treatment for adolescents, and both inpatient and outpatient treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. He has worked in a variety of unique classroom settings for children with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum. Training for more than a decade at both the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago provided an important early training foundation.
Dr. Kelly began his professional work in psychology as a Milieu Counselor for children with severe emotional disturbances and children on the autism spectrum. He has worked with this population in a variety of roles since 1986. Over the years, training and treatment expanded in a variety of niche areas including Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) notably for child survivors of sexual abuse, as well as adolescent and adult problematic sexual behaviors. He also directs an inpatient sex-specific treatment program in Forensic Psychology in Saint Peter, Minnesota.
Dr. Kelly has extensive experience working with parents, teachers, school settings, and probation officers for juveniles and adults. His early training and work in a psychoanalytically oriented psychodynamic milieu provided a lens through which he currently practices cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented psychotherapy approaches to helping individuals make positive life changes. A more recent focus of interest has been helping older adults navigate stage of life stressors and developmental changes over time.
Dr. Kelly also performs Psychological and Psychosexual Testing Assessments for children, adolescents, and adults.