Kelly Hughes Berardi, Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist
I am a licensed psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology. I received my Ph.D. and Masters Degree from Utah State University. I received my Bachelor Degree in psychology from Northern Arizona University. I provide individual therapy to adults and adolescents ages 15 and above for a wide range of presenting issues, including trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and general life stress. I see my role in therapy as teacher and advocate. Creating a collaborative environment of empathic understanding, trust, and acceptance is the foundation upon which I teach cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness based strategies that capitalize on your strengths to help you cope with and overcome your unique struggles.
I grew up in Arizona and moved to the town of Flagstaff in northern Arizona to get my Bachelor Degree and escape the heat. As an undergraduate, I studied psychology and minored in Spanish. I finished my last semester in Spain, which was an incredible cultural experience. During graduate school at Utah State University, I completed practicums in child assessment, a university counseling center, community mental health clinic, and a residential eating disorders center for adolescents and adults. After completing my coursework, I moved to California to do my predoctoral internship at the San Diego VA Medical Center and University of California San Diego with a focus in behavioral medicine and child and adolescent assessment. I then completed a two-year trauma focused postdoctoral fellowship at the San Diego VA. It was during this postdoc that I gained invaluable experience treating veterans, with a focus on military sexual and war related traumas, and survivors of domestic violence. I was then hired on as a psychologist at the San Diego VA and held an adjunct faculty position at UCSD. I moved to Seattle about 7 years ago when my partner was offered a job in this beautiful city.
I specialize in evidence-based treatments including Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness based treatments. I have received extensive training in trauma related therapies including Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. I like to incorporate meditation and mindfulness into all of my sessions and believe bringing these skills into your life can help make space for peace and joy. I enjoy supervising psychologists and counselors in training and guest lecturing, and have published several articles in peer-reviewed journals.