Kelli Spencer, MS, APC, NCC
“My goal is to help clients learn to live authentically and deliberately, according to their ideals, priorities, and values. I will walk alongside you, without imposing my beliefs, to understand the value and meaning you create in the context of your personal strengths and weaknesses and environmental circumstances.”
Grounded in experiential and existential orientations, Kelli’s counseling approach is compassionate and humanistic. Healing takes place through supportive interpersonal relationships, and this is the type of environment Kelli fosters. She works with adults (individuals, families, and couples) coping with various life circumstances and personal issues that keep them from living the lives they want to lead. Her experience includes working with mood and personality disorders; OCD; stress and anxiety; parenting and marital issues; trauma; ADHD; adjustment difficulties; career, divorce, and life transitions; cancer diagnoses; and shame and self-esteem. To explore meaning and values and develop resources to manage life’s challenges, Kelli uses interventions from DBT, CBT, ACT, mindfulness, and nonviolent communication.
With training in EMDR and interpersonal neurobiology, Kelli trusts the brain’s ability to heal. She works with clients to reintegrate body and mind functions that may be operating in isolation. Because memories are often stored in the body as well as in the mind, her holistic approach taps into the body’s innate wisdom to promote adaptive responses to life along with an understanding of presenting issues to facilitate healing and regulate emotions. Choosing to move through discomfort (a normal, healthy response to facing the deep uncertainties life presents) and actively engage with life expands opportunities for growth.
Kelli was awarded a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Georgia State University. Prior to developing a passion for helping people heal, Kelli worked in the technology industry and as a volunteer leader. In her prior work, she most enjoyed helping clients find solutions and resources that met their identified needs. She strives to do this today in her counseling practice.
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCAGA)
- EMDR International
Certifications & Trainings
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST): workshop in suicide first aid
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Level 1 training
Kelli Spencer is operating under the direction and supervision of the Clinical Director, Andrew R. Warnecke, LPC.