Erin Kelly, M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 46710)
Coordinator of DBT Training & Program Development

For over ten years, I have been helping children, adolescents, young adults and families develop the skills they need to reduce their suffering. I developed a strong passion for helping girls and young women navigate social, emotional and societal challenges. I have worked extensively with adolescents and young women and their families to create space for alternative perspectives of self, others, and situations. Since training intensively in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), I look at therapy as a balancing act—accepting what is & asking for change simultaneously. This parallels the ideas that so often become polarized in families with one person pushing another to change their ways and the other person requesting that they accept them as they are. In coming to a place of balance, I have found that many families and adolescents increase their ability to effectively communicate, negotiate, and engage with one another. When there is space for this, many problems are solved. I value and practice the tools of mindfulness that DBT incorporates in both my personal and professional lives.


  • Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood
  • Healing from the effects of trauma
  • Coping with anxiety and depression
  • Reducing & eliminating self-harm
  • Helping girls and young women develop preferred identities and ways of being, building self-confidence and self-efficacy
  • I’ve intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a skills-based treatment modality for difficulties with emotion regulation.

Education and Licensure:

  • Phillips Graduate Institute, M.A. Psychology, Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Occidental College, B.A. Psychology

Other Experience:

  • Optimum Performance Institute, developed residential DBT-based program for young adult women transitioning to independent living
  • The Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic—Outpatient Department
  • Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services
  • Quest Camp (a summer program for children diagnosed with ADHD)

Mission: To foster an environment where girls and women work collaboratively to discover and support one another’s unique strengths and gifts, passions and values, so that what we offer the world provides a sense of being fulfilled, empowered and whole.


Phone: 626.585.8075 ext. 104