CHRISTY KELSON, M.Ed., MSW/RSW:
CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Note that Christy Kelson is working from a new office as of October 1, 2019. You can reach her directly:
With a M.Ed. in counselling and a Masters of Social Work, Christy brings over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families to her practice at the clinic. Her training has included time at the Victim Crisis Unit at the Ottawa Police Service, providing assistance and crisis counselling to individuals who have experienced trauma, and with the Abuse and Trauma Team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, where she worked with children and adolescents who had experienced sexual or physical abuse/assault or other trauma. She also has extensive experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum.
Christy’s clinical interests are varied, but include working with individuals of all ages with grief and loss issues, depression, survivors of sexual abuse or assault, domestic violence, and victims of violent crime. She works from a strengths-based approach, believes strongly in the power of the therapeutic relationship, and always tailors her approach to best fit an individual’s needs, drawing from CBT, interpersonal psychotherapy, EMDR and client-centered practices.
Christy devotes a significant portion of her practice to working with young children who have experienced trauma or loss. She also enjoys working with children and teens who are affected by a family member’s PTSD, mental, physical or terminal illness. With a creative, empathetic approach, she uses a variety of therapeutic techniques to give children a safe space to share their feelings and learn to cope with the challenges that they are facing.
Although qualified to practice independently, Christy does work under the supervision of a clinical psychologist.
Please check your insurance requirements to see if you are covered for clinical social work prior to your visit. For those who are not covered, this service is a medical tax deduction.