Kelly Otterson, LPC-S
Licensed Professional Counselor
& Clinical Supervisor
IOME's Clinical & Program Supervisor
Kelly is IOME’s very own in-house clinical supervisor. Kelly Otterson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Supervisor. She has a Master of Arts in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Valdosta State University. Kelly has been involved in helping and supporting people for 11 years, when she began traveling abroad to countries such as Haiti and China to assist in providing post-disaster relief services. This led her to seek a degree in clinical psychology followed by a more advanced clinical degree in International Disaster Psychology. Kelly has extensive experience with people who have experienced trauma, especially children and adolescents. Kelly also has experience in working with those who are struggling with relationships, self-worth, boundaries and health and wellness. Kelly has worked with people of all backgrounds and walks of life and prides herself on her ability to connect with her clients and adapt her counseling style to best serve them.
Kelly’s Therapy Style and Approach to Supervision for Therapists: As Ili Rivera Walter once said, “Success as a therapist is not found in doing something for the client, but rather in being someone for the client”. This is Kelly Otterson’s philosophy when it comes to therapy. Kelly has always believed that humans are not meant to go through life alone and that true healing happens when you have connection, support and a trusting relationship. Kelly assists clinicians in fostering a therapeutic relationship by offering compassion, kindness and unconditional acceptance of their clients. She believes the work begins when you meet the client where they are and walk alongside them through their journey. Kelly believes in helping clients tell their stories, heal through connection and find the best version of themselves. She believes challenges are inevitable, but defeat is optional and persevering through those challenges requires an authentic, collaborative and non-judgmental relationship. Kelly takes a strength-based approach to help clinicians not only identify challenges, but to acknowledge and enhance their strengths to grow through hardships and provide the most effective treatment for their clients. By utilizing a holistic, integrative approach of evidence-based techniques, Kelly helps ensure that our team of therapists are able to provide the best quality care while being authentic to their own therapy style and approach.