Overview of Clinical Services
Ms. Underwood has a collaborative, systemic approach to therapy. She will begin with a thorough assessment, including collateral contacts and gathering historical information where appropriate. Often assessment tools, such as checklists, will be used to assist in gaining a holistic picture. A collaborative treatment plan is created between you and your therapist.
Kelli values meeting people where they are and finding workable realities for them. In alignment with this value, she possesses a diverse menu of treatment options so that you choose the approaches that suit you. Often this may include Kelli recommending outside resources that may supplement your work. Kelli takes an eclectic, integrative treatment approach to supporting you with your goals.
Philosophy About Change
- We are all capable of change.
- The changes we most desire, we also fear, so we often sabotage ourselves.
- Change is usually much more difficult than staying the same.
- There are positive and negative consequences to every change (from the Collaborative Change Model). We must be proactively aware of possible negative consequences so we can adapt and address them.
- Change is contextual. This means that we present differently in different relationships and arenas of our life.
- We learn best in relationships, and learning requires being vulnerable. Relationships in which we experience trust, safety, validation, acceptance, and respect facilitate being vulnerable, receiving feedback and changing.
- When one part of a system changes, the whole system is affected and must adapt to the change. So, if a person changes, in any way, it affects all members of the family, all the contexts of that persons life, in positive or negative ways.
- Every behavior has a function, even if it is deeply destructive or unhealthy, it is meeting some need (for comfort, power, excitement, escape). We have to acknowledge the function and discover how to get our needs met in healthier ways, if we are going to succeed.
- We all have varying degrees of denial. Acknowledgment is a catapult to making the changes you desire. Collaboration gives everyone a voice, a sense of power and connection. Collaboration runs contrary to invalidating or traumatic experiences. A collaborative approach to therapy is conducive to change.
(Property of Kelli Underwood, adapted from Mary Jo Barrett’s Collaborative Change Model)