Kelly O’Donnell, LCSW
Hello! My name is Kelly O’Donnell, LCSW.
I am a clinical social worker, and the owner of Wise Mind Therapy. Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and my practice. I would be honored to walk with you on your healing journey.
I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Lindenwood University in 1997, my Master’s in Social Work from University of Illinois in 2003, traveled all over Central America, worked as a social worker and teacher, became a mother, became a Certified Holistic Health Coach in 2013, and a Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 2015 when I started my private practice. I found my true calling, helping people heal their trauma and live fully in the present.
I have had a lot of personal struggles in my life that have led me to this work, and also given me the strength and capacity to do this work. One of the most influential moments was in 2008, when I had a stroke. I was 34 years old and had a 1-year-old baby girl. It was devastating and eye opening. After I recovered, I began researching how I could take my health into my own hands by learning more about nutrition and the mind-body connection. I became a Certified Holistic Health Coach and eventually a Psychotherapist.
Over the years working with clients, I began to realize that our past experiences, especially traumatic ones, leave a lasting effect on our minds and bodies. I noticed that there were just some things that “talk therapy” just could not heal. I began searching for other modalities that could heal the wounds of the past. I learned about EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and immediately was trained. Since then, my practice has grown tremendously due to this highly effective tool. The results I have seen for healing from trauma with EMDR are far superior to any other modality. It is effective, lasting, and heals the past in a very tangible way. My clients simply feel better and relate differently to their past trauma.