Kelly Masland (she/her) is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in Chicago. Kelly received her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago with a specialization in mental health. Kelly has experience working in child welfare, community mental health, outpatient, and intensive outpatient settings. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She is 2SLGBTQIA affirming, sex-positive, and kink-affirming. Her clinical focuses include trauma, shame, substance use disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, and perinatal and reproductive mental health.
Kelly utilizes a strengths-based model, allowing care that fosters resiliency inherent to all of us. Ultimately, Kelly seeks to promote confidence and allow clients to bear witness to their own value. She offers positive and genuine regard, encouraging clients to feel safe to work through issues honestly. Kelly incorporates attachment-based interventions in therapy, as she believes it can be important to explore early relationships and how these influences shape relationships as adults. She believes this can be pivotal to addressing limitations in our lives–from ways we communicate to patterns in relationships. Kelly is trained in a harm-reduction approach in substance use disorders and believes in the importance of meeting clients where they are. She collaborates with clients to find the most practical strategies that work for them as unique individuals. Patience is vital in the therapeutic space with Kelly, allowing healing to move at an authentic pace and fostering supportive emotional freedom.
Kelly believes that honesty is the foundation of a trusting relationship and has the power to expand the possibilities for connection between two people. When Kelly shares space with clients, she likes to incorporate humor as a means of deepening the therapeutic bond and establishing a sense of security within the relationship. She provides a non-judgmental space, where individuals can feel valued and understood. She treats every client with respect, which she feels is necessary for building trust and safety within the therapeutic relationship.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, going to the dog park with her basset hound, running, reading, and binging Arrested Development.
You can reach Kelly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Languages Spoken: English