Seeking adventure in the mountains, Kelly Norris has brought her wide range of counseling services to Kremmling, Colorado.
Norris’s practice focuses on helping teens and adults live their best life. Describing her philosophy as humanistic and centered on mindfulness, acceptance, empathy and affirmation, she can help her clients achieve resiliency and equanimity.
Since 2012, Norris has worked with clients in the legal system and in crisis, but most often, Norris’s clients seek help for a variety reasons – depression, self-esteem, anxiety, stress, anger, abandonment issues, shame, trauma, life transitions, relationship conflicts, intimacy issues and for help improving interpersonal effectiveness or communication skills.
“The focus isn’t just on reducing or eliminating problems; it is on helping clients, more broadly, learn to love and accept themselves as they are while supporting their transformation into the best possible versions of themselves.”
Norris explains, “I want to help people in a meaningful way that transcends whatever problems or obstacles are getting in their way. I strive to go beyond that by promoting the client’s self-actualization and creation of a fulfilling, meaningful and happy life.”
Through her mindfulness-based approach of focusing on compassion, non-judgment and present-moment experiencing, she can help her clients build acceptance and foster an ability “to take things as they come.”
She helps clients foster a sense of peace and calm and teaches clients new tools for handling challenges, drawing on their individual strengths and resources. “These are skills that can help with any situation,” she highlights.
As a licensed professional counselor, Norris can also help clients through counseling for individuals, couples, families, and groups; incorporating various approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Solution-Focused, Trauma-Informed, Insight-Based and Psychoanalytic.
She received her master’s in forensic psychology from the University of Denver after completing her undergraduate work at the University of Southern California.
Norris was originally a pre-med student when she took a psychology class which changed
the direction of her career.
She admits, “I have always been interested in why people do what they do. And many of the aspects that were driving me to medicine were involved in the field of psychology.”
Quality of time with her clients was also a draw for her, “There were concerns about going into the field of medicine and not being able to spend adequate time with my patients.” Norris can schedule time with her clients based on their needs and then can follow through with maintenance counseling as needed.
Not surprisingly, Norris shares that in her free time, she enjoys spending time with people, good conversations, board games, hiking, spending time near bodies of water, and traveling.
She encourages anyone considering counseling to give her a call with their questions. She offers flexibility in her scheduling and sliding fees. She can be reached at 970-439-4709