Colleen M. Kelly, PhD, MFT
Colleen M. Kelly, PhD, MFT (she/her) is a psychotherapist, international speaker, writer, and clinical outreach consultant based in Paris, France specializing in addiction, family therapy, and couples work. Over her career she has worked in marketing at HBO, spent a decade as a theater and television actor, a court advocate, an activist, and a professional comedy writer. Currently, she is a California Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and an APA Board Certified Professional Counselor. She holds a BFA from New York University, a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, and a Doctorate in Philosophy with a concentration in Spiritual Psychology.
Dr Kelly has worked in the substance abuse and mental health field in a variety of clinical settings, beginning 25 years ago in American Indian urban and reservation treatment centers. She lived on American Indian reservations designing cultural appropriate alcohol and domestic violence therapeutic material. She was a court advocate for ICWA, the Indian Child Welfare Act.
She was on the clinical staff of Promises Treatment Center in West Los Angeles as a therapist for seven years where she became the Director of the Family Program of Promises, Malibu in addition to designing family programs at several other treatment centers. She has been a regular group facilitator and clinical outreach consultant for over a decade at Promises, PCH Treatment Center, Cirque Lodge Utah, Milestones Ranch Malibu, Bridges to Recovery, Harmony Place, Avalon Malibu, AiR, Pacific Quest Hawaii, Reconnect, Transcend, Riviera Recovery, Visions Adolescent Treatment, and Resolutions Treatment to name a few. Dr. Kelly worked with iCAAD on their Global Initiative.
Dr. Kelly is a California Probation Certified Master Domestic Violence Group Facilitator. She is a Board Certified Subject Matter Expert in Substance Abuse with the Board of Behavioral Science and a BBSE licensed Continuing Education Provider. In 2005, Dr. Aletha Solter certified her as an Aware Parenting Parent Educator Specialist.
As a clinician, she was the first Clinical Director of the CAST program in Santa Monica providing psychotherapy and clinical oversight. Colleen has also consulted with Jean Campbell at the Action Institute of California in working with corporate clients to facilitate team building, strategic planning, crisis intervention, and role training workshops. Dr Kelly worked at Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC as member to STAR Sinai Teen Aids Resources providing education to teens and college students across the US and was a subject in the PBS documentary “Sex and Other Matters of Life and Death.” Dr. Kelly opened a Doctors Group practice with Dr. Reza Nabavi in Santa Monica CA in 2007. Dr Nabavi and Dr. Kelly owned a women’s sober living in Santa Monica CA together.
As an educator, she was adjunct staff at Pepperdine University and Antioch University. She has had over 40 articles published online on addiction and family therapy and is the author of over 20 published Continuing Education courses for MFTs and LCSWs. She has been speaking in Europe on Transgenerational Grief and Addiction at conferences in Paris, Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Stockholm, Rome, Amsterdam, Iceland, and Turkey.
As an independent Behavioral Health Care Contractor, she began working with Jeri Davis International, a health care recruitment and consulting firm in DC, and Gregory Consulting providing direct sales to treatment centers and medical providers, strategic planning, promotional events, and advertising.
In Europe, Dr. Kelly provided clinical supervision for Connections in Recovery and ran aftercare groups for Castle Craig Hospital, Edinburgh. She has been a keynote speaker in Europe on Transgenerational Grief in the Irish, American Indian, and Palestinian Communities at conferences in Paris, Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Stockholm, Rome, Amsterdam, Iceland, Dubai, and Turkey.
In 2019 she joined Dr. Steve Dansiger as the European representative for Metta Protocol, a Mindfulness & EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies. StartAgain Technologies provides training, education, leadership, coaching and therapy for a diverse population. SA has partnered with DropLabs, a wearable device company that has created bluetooth enabled footwear and audio delivery systems to provide a new choice in bilateral stimulation for EMDR reprocessing, while simultaneously offering music and meditations.
Recently Dr. Kelly opened the European branch of Kindlin Consulting in 2019 with Kevin Kindlin serving the needs of adolescent ex-pats in Europe. We have visited hundreds of schools around the world and partner with admission directors, therapists, and educators at each one suggesting the best fit to help at risk students.
As a human rights advocate she works with Palestinian, Syrian, and North African refugees doing asylum interviews and advocating for civil rights and services. She was the Southern Californian Ambassador for UNRWA (the United Nations Relief Works Agency). She is a member of the Syrian Medical Association providing therapy to refugees and debriefing relief workers in Syria and Lebanon. Dr. Kelly also set up an organization working with MDs in Los Angeles delivering expired medications that could be used in dire situations, suture kits, and quick clot kits to hospitals in Syria.
Dr. Kelly is a member of ACADDI, L’association des therapeutic specialists du traitement de l’addiction. She currently has offices in Paris, France, and London, UK, and Santa Monica, California.
- International Organizations such as the UNRWA
- Academic Institutions such as The American University of Paris
- The international Counselling Service Paris (ICS), an association of distinguished clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors.
- ICAAD, an international network of specialist in addictions and related disorders.
- The Paris Therapist Directory, a list of distinguished international mental health care providers
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- The Syrian American Medical Association
- A wide range of independent general practitioners, psychologists, and psychotherapists in Europe and the Americas