Vanessa Kelly, PsyD.

Clinical Psychologist

About Dr. Kelly

Clinical Experience

   I include this information so that you can be assured that I bring a great deal of skill to my work. I have been trained in some of the most prestigious institutions in the Bay Area and hold myself to maintaining those standards in my private practice.

   I received a Masters and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology (now Alliant University) in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have a Psy.D, instead of a Ph.D., which means that my training emphasized hands-on clinical work more than clinical research and teaching, although I have done both. I am a Licensed Psychologist (PSY #6362) in Colorado.  I also had a prior Masters Degree in Psychology from Antioch University. 

   I have worked in a variety of roles as a mental health practitioner for over thirty years, including as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, and as a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and the East Bay.  Prior to earning my doctorate, I served as a mental health clinician in Annapolis, Maryland in a sexual assault crisis center with children, adolescents and adults, and in Boulder Colorado, as a therapist in private practice and as the Director of the Boulder County Rape Crisis Center. 


   With over thirty years in the field providing direct clinical services and supervision, I promoted a thorough training of staff, interns, fellows, and medical students in developing the skills necessary for not only generalized clinical settings, but the unique conditions required for providing services to acute and chronic trauma victims and survivors.  Since 1983, I have taught workshops and year-long seminars for mental health professionals on topics of psychotherapy, character (personality) structure, vicarious traumatization, and the treatment of acute and long-term or chronic psychological trauma, as well complex PTSD; trauma-informed versus trauma-focused treatment; and adapting evidence-based treatments to a stage-model of treatment.  I served as a Trauma Consultant to medical staff and faculty at the UCSF School of Medicine. I was invited to provide several day-long training workshops for the San Francisco Department of Public Health providers, totaling over 2000 people being trained.


Honors and Awards:

1990  -    Vanessa Kelly Recognition Day (June 28, 1990) by Proclamation of the Mayor and City Council of Boulder, Colorado for “years of service                   and dedication to Boulder County."

1995-97  La Sociedad de Guadalupé Foundation Scholarship, a human rights education organization with emphasis on social justice

1996   -   CSPP President's Office Scholarship Award, for commitment to building healthier communities, and leadership abilities in creating social                     change                                                              

2004   -   San Francisco District Attorney’s Office – “Honoring Those That Care” Award for Community Service

2004   -   National Association of Public Hospitals “National Safety Net Award” for Community and Patient Service (for assisting in the development                   of the Trauma Recovery Center).  The TRC was only one of two programs on a national level to receive this award.

2005   -   United States Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime – Recognition of Community Service

2005   -  San Francisco Board of Supervisors – Certificate of Honor for “providing pioneering care to victims of interpersonal violence.”

2011   -   International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), awarded at their 27th Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD – “Sarah Haley                           Award for Clinical Excellence."  This award is giving to a clinician or group of clinicians with a significant history of clinical work with                               traumatized individuals, dissemination of their work through publication or regular training initiatives and for their consultancy to large                         organizations on issues of policy.  Past recipients of this award included the organization Doctors Without Borders.  










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