Kelly Martell

Biography

Treatment Philosophy

I believe that the journey towards recovery is a collaborative process between the client and psychotherapist. Building a therapeutic alliance is essential in assisting clients to find a sense of empowerment, motivation, and ultimately effect change in their lives. Through this process, I believe that clients can achieve their goals, improve the quality of their lives, and recover from substance use and mental illness. As a psychotherapist, I utilize a non-judgmental and empathetic, yet directive approach. I appreciate using lightheartedness and an easygoing manner as a reminder that we are all human beings in this together. Addiction is a disease, and I strongly believe that it should be treated as such. In my therapeutic approach, I use evidence informed practices that focus on the development of concrete tools and copings skills, which people can incorporate into their everyday lives. I most often draw upon elements of dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and the strengths based perspective. As a clinician, I have always felt honored to assist people on their journey to a better life.

Professional Journey

My interest in mental illness, substance abuse, and life struggles began in childhood. Having grown up in a dysfunctional family, I began to witness the struggles that people experience in various aspects of their lives. As I grew older, I found myself not only studying mental illness, but combating it as well. Through formal education and my own recovery, my passion to assist people struggling with mental health grew stronger. I believe that having sat in the position of the client has provided me with valuable insight, understanding, and empathy for those going through their own struggles and journey toward recovery. I fully believe that with assistance, skills, and hard work every individual can reach his or her full potential.

Special Interests

I am interested in working with people who are struggling with any and all issues of addiction, substances or otherwise. In addition, I am particularly interested in working with those who have experienced trauma and/or are struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I also enjoy working with those struggling with personality disorders, mood and anxiety disorders.

Education

M.A.- Social Work, University of New Hampshire

B.S. – Social Work, University of New Hampshire

Minor  – Family Studies, University of New Hampshire

Professional Certifications & Associations

Licensed in the state of New Hampshire as an Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

Other Professional/Educational Achievements

  • Formerly Trained and Certified in the following therapeutic approaches:
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Cognitive Processing Therapy
    • Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Bachelors and Masters Education
  • Recipient of the 2011 UNH Social Work Department Scholar Award

When not with my patients, I enjoy… being physically active in as many ways as possible; skiing, hiking, swimming, surfing, and going for long walks with my dogs. I also enjoy cruising around on my motorcycle, camping, and traveling to any new place I’ve yet to visit.