Whats the big deal about
"Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” ― David Richo
DID YOU KNOW?
HUMOR, CREATIVITY & SCIENCE =
A ROCKSTAR RECIPE FOR COUPLES & FAMILY THERAPY!
Welcome to PSYC IN THE CITY!
As a relationship junkie, a Gottman trained couples & family therapist and a former comedian, I mix evidenced-based couples theory, with a smattering of humor and a dash of creativity to help couples deal with communication struggles, sex and intimacy issues, infidelity, and a menagerie of other obstacles that get in the way of healthy and happy relationships.
Creativity, Humor, and Science
Since I was a small human, I’ve always been a bit of a science/psychology nerd because scientific models make a lot of sense to me. So when it comes to therapy - If C = some concrete goal like...happiness, a successful career, fancy cars, cool friends, a loving family, an exciting relationship, traveling around the world etc...then all we have to do if figure out what A and B are, add them together, and deal with all the pesky variables that get in the way!
Long before I became a shrink, I spent 30-something years working as a professional actor/comedian doing funny TV commercials, standup, improv, sketch and some tv writing and directing. As a counselor I learned super quick that when I mix scientific-based theories with my experience, tons of training, and a dash of humor ---- amazing things can happen!
What is psychotherapy?
Oftentimes, people go to therapy because they feel anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed. The therapeutic process can help us slow down, step back, take a nonjudgmental look at what's going on, and then try to figure out what to do differently. A sharp therapist can then help you develop new skills, healthier habits, and more effective ways of dealing with your issues. In essence, together you and your therapist will, not only design a roadmap to help you get to the destination of your choice, but you will also create a couple of extra maps to refer to when you take a wrong exit!
KELLEY J. BROWER, LMHC, CFRC
COUPLES & FAMILIES COUNSELOR, LMHC, CFRC
While she was a freelance artist in the entertainment world for over 30 years, Kelley earned a slew of professional coaching certifications and started coaching an assortment of creative folks for 9 years. At the crack of her 40's, she worked as a volunteer peer counselor for the LGBTQ community where her unfolding love for the flotsam and Jetsam of human behavior led her to Hunter College for a Masters in Mental Health Counseling.
Specializing in Couples and Relationship therapy, Kelley completed all 3 levels of The Gottman Couples Therapy training and has been working with couples of all sizes, shapes and colors for the last 8 years.
When the virus reared its ghastly snout...Kelley dove nose deep into infectious disease training, compassion focused therapy and earned a certification in First Responder Crisis Counseling.
As a Couples Counselor, Kelley believes that when creativity and humor are blended with hard science, they can not only be powerful therapeutic tools, but can also bring joy & laughter into the psychological journey.
WRITER / DIRECTOR
As a scrawny, kid, Kelley began her comedy career doing magic tricks and slamming fake hands in refrigerator and car doors. Her knack for bossing around children weaker than herself eventually led her to directing. At 19 she became a professional working actor doing TV commercials and a couple of sitcoms. Her 20's were spent touring the country doing stand up, improv and sketch comedy where she eventually settled in NYC. In her late 30’s, she jumped behind the camera and worked her way up the Fillm/TV production ladder to First Assistant Director, Producer, Director and was a staff writer on the sketch comedy show: SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL, staring Roseanne and Queen Latifah.
It was Kelley's work as a volunteer peer counselor at Identity House, where she worked with the LGBTQ+ community co-facilitating women’s support groups, and did short term counseling, that inspired her to go back to school to become a shrink!
Now in her mid-50's Kelley bravely specializes in Couples & Family Counseling and runs workshops and groups blending improv comedy exercises, creativity, and action methods with group therapy, theory and process.
Kelley separates herself from the current pack of Therapists and Coaches by mixing her creative skills, talents and counseling training with her cracker-jack sense of humor. As an artist and a therapist, she has a warm, nonjudgemental style, she understands the sturm and drang of financial stress, and offers a sliding scale for those struggling financially.
WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYIN'
“Kelley’s session was cozier and more helpful than an entire coaching course at the Learning Annex”
NEW YORK SUN
“Kelley gave me specific tools to keep me moving forward and has the great ability and gift to see beyond our perceived obstacles!”
LINDA B. SINGER FOR THE NY METS, NY
"She's a Talented therapist, but she never vacuums."
"Kelley is like Tony Robbins; powerfully effective but much shorter and more affordable."
Betsy S. TV Writer - Los Angeles
"Kelley helped me open up creatively and gain success as a composer for TV and Film."
Andy M. - Composer - Los Angeles
“Ever since she became a therapist, Kelley almost never talks about killing herself!”
Nancy P. -Kelley's Writing Partner
Kelley's Mother –Chandler, AZ.
"All I can say about working with Kelley is that I am booking more Photography work than I have ever booked in more than ten years."
Eva W. Photographer - Boston
MONDAY: JULY 10th -6pm!
This Virtual WORKSHOP will incorporate creative exercises, humor, and Improv games as a means of fostering playful connections as well as exploring some of life's Post Pandemic struggles! This is a gentle, fun, non-judgmental, and super safe space.
$40 clams or $30 if you register by
July 4th! Bring a friend - Pay $40 for you both!
ABOUT THE FEARLESS LEADER:
Psychotherapist/Couples Counselor - Kelley J Brower was a film/theater director, a standup comedian, comic actress, improv guru, and a sketch writer on the TV show Saturday Night Special - a mid-season replacement for MadTV