Kelly Pinnick, LPC
Kelly chose this field later in life after benefitting personally from psychotherapy. With every client that enters her office, she is honored to assist in untangling the complex emotions they may be feeling. Daily she is humbled by the courage of her clients to willfully expose emotional discomfort by purposely “sitting in it.” Many are not taught how to manage emotions and are/were not validated for them. Often we are/were made to feel that there is something wrong with us, fostering shame and disconnection from people. Together with her clients she works through each thought, feeling, and behavior while increasing insight and wellbeing. Please be assured, she will be there with her clients every step of the way.
Kelly received her graduate degree in clinical psychology from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Following graduation she was employed as an Executive Director of a nonprofit organization specializing in family and children’s court services. She provided psychotherapy, wrote child custody evaluations, and taught a mandated course to divorcing parents on the psychological effects of divorce on children in high conflict homes. Additionally, she has provided individual DBT therapy and skills training groups to adolescents and adults.
Kelly is extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – receiving her training from Behavioral Tech, which was developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. She has also received extensive training with the Portland DBT Institute by Linda A. Dimeff, PhD, and Andrew White, PhD. Furthermore, she has received specialized training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) developed by Susan M. Johnson, EdD.
To date, she is the only clinician south of the perimeter (I-285) in the state of Georgia that offers a DBT program. All four components of DBT are provided: Individual DBT sessions, DBT skills groups, phone coaching, and clinician consultation team.