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Colleen M. Kelly, Ph.D., MFT is a psychotherapist, executive coach, international speaker, writer, and clinical outreach consultant. She works with clients around the world and currently has offices in Paris, London, Dundalk Ireland, and Santa Monica, California.

Colleen began her career with American Indian urban and reservation treatment centers in 1995. She has lived on American Indian reservations designing culturally appropriate alcohol and domestic violence therapeutic materials. She was a court advocate for ICWA, the Indian Child Welfare Act.


As a clinician, she was the first Clinical Director of the CAST program in Santa Monica. Kelly has also consulted with Jean Campbell, MFT at the Action Institute of California, in working with corporate clients to facilitate team building, strategic planning, crisis intervention, and role training workshops. She worked at Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC as a member of STAR Sinai Teen Aids Resources, providing education to teens and college students across the US.


Kelly opened a group practice with Dr. Reza Nabavi in Santa Monica CA in 2007. This group grew to be Resolutions Therapeutic Services where she was a therapist for 5 years. Nabavi and Kelly also owned a women’s sober living in Santa Monica CA for years together.


As an educator, she was adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University and Antioch University teaching substance abuse courses. She has published dozens of articles and online content on addiction in addition to Continuing Education Courses over the years for MFTs and LCSWs.


As an Independent Behavioral Health Care Contractor, she began working with Jeri Davis International, a health care recruitment and consulting firm in DC, and Gregory Consulting providing direct sales to treatment centers and medical providers, strategic planning, promotional events, and advertising.


In Europe, she provides clinical supervision for Connections in Recovery and runs aftercare groups for CATCH Recovery in London and Castle Craig Hospital, Edinburgh. She has been a keynote speaker in Europe on Trangenerational Grief in the Irish, American Indian, and Palestinian Communities at conferences in Paris, Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Stockholm, Rome, Amsterdam, Iceland, Dubai and Turkey. She lectures on Attachment Family Therapy techniques at treatment centers across the USA and most recently at Castle Craig Hospital in Scotland and Smarmore Clinic in Ireland and at iCAAD conferences across Europe.


She also recently joined Dr. Steve Dansiger as the European representative for MET(T)A Protocol, Mindfulness & EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies in association with Droplabs wearable technology who are now part of a 3 to 5 year incubator program with the Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland collaborating on outcome studies, technology applications, manufacturing capacities, and employment projections with DkIT.


As a human rights advocate and therapist she works with Palestinian, Syrian, and North African refugees doing asylum interviews and advocating for civil rights and services. She was a Southern Californian Ambassador for UNRWA (the United Nations Relief Works Agency). She is a member of the Syrian Medical Association providing therapy to refugees and debriefing relief workers in Syria and Lebanon. In 2015, she set up an exchange working with MDs in Los Angeles delivering expired medications that could be used in dire situations, suture kits, and quick clot kits to hospitals in Syria.

Streets of Paris with Eiffel Tower in background


California Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
APA Board Certified Professional Counselor


California Probation Certified Master Domestic Violence Group Facilitator

Board Certified Subject Matter Expert in Substance Abuse with the Board of Behavioral Science and a BBSE-licensed Continuing Education Provider

Aware Parenting Parent Educator Specialist (certified by Dr. Aletha Solter, 2005)


Member ACADDI (L’association des therapeutic specialists du traitement de l’addiction), Paris

Professional Experience

Promises Treatment Center, West Los Angeles: Clinical staff

Director of the Family Program, Promises, Malibu

Clinical Director of the CAST program, Santa Monica, CA

Family Program Designer (several other treatment centers), California

Court advocate for ICWA (the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Keynote speaker on Transgenerational Grief in the Irish, American Indian, and Palestinian Communities at conferences in Paris, Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Stockholm, Rome, Amsterdam, Iceland, Dubai, and Turkey

Therapist and Clinical Outreach Consultant


PCH Treatment Center

Cirque Lodge Utah

Milestones Ranch Malibu

Bridges to Recovery

Harmony Place

Avalon Malibu


Pacific Quest Hawaii



Riviera Recovery

Visions Adolescent Treatment

Newport Academy

Resolutions Treatment

And more.


BFA, New York University

Masters in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University

Doctorate in Philosophy with a concentration on World Religions, The American Institute of Holistic Theology

Studies in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute (CA)

Darden School of Business, Digital Transformation Certificate Program (enrolled)

Humanitarian Work

Human rights advocate and therapist working with Palestinian, Syrian, and North African refugees

Ambassador, UNRWA (the United Nations Relief Works Agency), Southern California

Member, Syrian Medical Association (providing therapy to refugees and debriefing relief workers in Syria and Lebanon)

Green hills of Ireland with winding road

Partnerships & Collaborations

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