My Journey: I discovered the career of counseling due to college courses in sport psychology. As a former athlete, I was invested in becoming the best I could be in my sport. I took Sport and Health Psychology courses my senior year of college and felt so passionate about the field that I attended Adler University’s graduate program for their dual degree, clinical counseling, and sport psychology program. I was surprised to find during my graduate internship programs that I thoroughly enjoyed the mental health track of the program and decided to focus my career on community mental health. I obtained my graduate degree in Clinical Counseling with a Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology. Now I am invested in helping others become the best versions of themselves through therapy.
I have a wide range of experience working in a variety of mental health settings. I have experience working with adolescents and adults in behavioral health and addiction inpatient settings, partial hospitalization program/intensive outpatient programs facilitating group sessions and individual sessions as well as outpatient individual therapy. I have experience treating individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, work/life stressors, self-esteem, and relationship issues.
Clinical Approach: I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Person-Centered/Strength’s Based approaches in my therapy. I take a client-centered approach when practicing CBT and DBT. We are a team, I am here to educate, encourage and empower you. I provide a safe space for individuals to be their authentic and vulnerable selves. We will work together to address goals, gain awareness into patterns of behavior, as well as break through barriers that may hinder our ability to obtain our goals and create healthy lifestyle changes. I believe we all are capable of leading a happy and fulfilling life, and with the right support and tools we can!
Personal Interests: I enjoy exercise and movement. I love to travel and explore new places. Always down for live music and attending concerts. I enjoy reading leisurely, mainly thrillers. I spend as much time as I can with my husband and our two rescue pups Mac and Boomer!
Bri Kalfas, LCPC – Psychology Today