Kelly Nixon Burns

Kelly Nixon Burns, MA, LPC, NCC

You know that, “whatever this is…isn’t working for me!”, to quote one of my favorite comedies. Sometimes that is all you know. You know that you need and want to change the things that are no longer working for you but have no idea where to begin or who to trust with your story. The overwhelm of where to go and who to talk to can keep you stuck. But then as they say, if nothing changes, nothing changes and that causes fear. Or, one can get so comfortable being uncomfortable that it is where they stay. Allow yourself the opportunity to connect to yourself and others, living your life in a whole new way, with peace and joy.

You can be safe in the arena with me, slaying your personal dragons, knowing that I support you. I will cheer your growth and challenge your negative thinking and resistant behaviors. You will be the hero of your own story and decide what to keep and what to let go of. The therapeutic process does not happen overnight, but it is a beautiful unfolding.

And yes, you will laugh again, I promise, ( because… I am really really funny 😉 ) but mostly because you will lighten the weight you have been under by learning effective coping strategies and new ways of seeing the world. You will finally love and accept yourself as the strong and beautiful person that you are…exactly as you are.

Education:

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and English from Kutztown University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Alvernia University. Kelly is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Experience:

Kelly has experience treating Mental Health in Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient Therapy, Individual, Group and Couple’s Counseling, Substance Use and Addiction clients in several levels of care as well: Inpatient Treatment, Methadone Assisted Treatment, Individual, Group and Couples Counseling.

Kelly’s therapeutic approaches are best suited to empower clients to reduce or eliminate symptoms from depression, anxiety, trauma responses, grief and loss, relationship distress, phase of life changes and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Kelly’s core philosophy revolves around liberating and expanding a client’s self awareness in order to create a life lived peacefully and authentically. CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Adlerian and Experiential are among her eclectic modalities enthusiastically employed.

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self Esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Client Focus:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)

Issues:

  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Career Counseling
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Harming
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD

Treatment Approach:

 Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Adlerian
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Existential
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Family / Marital
  • Gestalt
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Person-Centered
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders

Modality

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group

 Sexuality

  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Call 484-709-2441 to book an appointment today.