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Kelly Alpert, LCSW-C

(she/her/hers)

I am passionate about helping people understand, accept, and embrace their authentic selves; create healthy and balanced lifestyles; build and maintain healthy and fulfilling relationships; and learn to navigate the problems, obstacles, and painful parts of life. I believe every person deserves mental, emotional, and spiritual peace, and I know the journey to sustainable life satisfaction and fulfillment can be challenging to navigate alone. It is hard work that I believe is well worth it, and I’m ready when you are!

Clinical background and experience

I use comprehensive DBT for Complex PTSD and EMDR together because they complement and enhance each other. How does this work? First, DBT helps clients learn skills to experience and regulate their emotions and address problems in effective ways that allow them to maintain stability in their day-to--day life. We then make a smooth transition to EMDR to address and reprocess earlier life experiences that have impacted their perspectives on themselves, the world, and others. Both treatments help clients build insight and self-awareness to create sustainable changes while markedly improving their quality of life and sense of self.

I was extensively trained in DBT while working at a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that specialized in treating adolescents and young adults with high risk behaviors, including substance use disorders. In 2020, I transitioned to outpatient practice and was trained in DBT for Complex PTSD (DBT-PTSD), which is a highly specialized version of DBT that was developed and researched in Germany and is approved by Behavioral Tech, the original DBT training institute. While I was providing outpatient DBT-PTSD, I discovered EMDR and began intensive training in that modality through The Center for Excellence in EMDR Therapy, an EMDRIA approved training institute. I am an EMDR Certified Therapist™ and in order to provide the most adherent and effective treatment, I participate in individual and group consultation with an EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Approved EMDR Consultant™. 

Education and Licenses

  • B.S., Psychology, University of Maryland

  • Master of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work 

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Certified (LCSW-C) in Maryland

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Maine 

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Vermont (telehealth license only)  

I am currently available for in-person appointments in Potomac, Maryland and telehealth appointments for clients located in Maryland, Maine, and Vermont. If you are interested in my services, you can schedule a free 15 minute consultation call, which can help you decide if you would like to proceed with an intake appointment.

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