The Up Center offers trauma-informed, evidenced based mental health outpatient counseling to help children, individuals and families manage the stresses of life. Individual, family and group services are offered to people of all ages dealing with a variety of life’s challenges, including:
Our team of counselors trained in a variety of brief, short-term evidenced-based interventions, including:
More than 15,000 hours of mental health counseling
2,207 counseling sessions to individuals and families
4,000 group counseling hours
Kelly is a Clinical Services Supervisor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2006 and is also a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). She completed her training for Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) through the EMDR Institute, Inc and is certified in Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT). Kelly provides a wide range of counseling therapies including Art Therapy, Play Therapy, EMDR, PCIT, and Gestalt. She also sees clients who have experienced sexual and/or domestic violence, posttraumatic stress disorder, and grief. She is passionate about addressing each client as a whole; the physical, emotional and spiritual self.
Anger Management and Batterer’s Intervention Groups help inhibit violent behavior by improving social skills and impulse control while teaching empathy and compassion for others. Both groups are offered in the evenings at our Norfolk and Portsmouth offices. Fees range from $20-$25 per group depending on the number of sessions.
The Up Center provides a free substance use recovery group counseling to adolescents and adults and addresses prevention, addiction, and recovery. The goal of these groups is to reduce problematic use of substances through a psychoeducational counseling approach.
Seeking Safety Groups provide research-based support for men and women who may have experienced substance abuse and trauma including those who have been abused, victimized by crime, or distressed by war or natural disasters. Participants learn positive coping skills. This group is free.
This eight-week class is free and open to any woman 18 and older who wants to learn to be more assertive in relationships.
A skill building for children with normal-to-high IQ and verbal skills will practice improving their social interactions in a group of their peers. While the children are working on these skills, the parents will participate in a support group to share experiences, give and receive practical feedback and enhance parenting skills to further respond to the unique needs of their children.