I’m Kelly. And this is a picture of me with my first love, my bicycle named Kefir.
I’m in my late 20s and still feel like I’m winging this whole “adulting” thing.
I graduated from the University of Florida with an M.Ed. in Counselor Education, an Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling, and a passion for eating disorder treatment, advocacy, and prevention.
Despite my many intentions and plans to leave Gainesville, this place has captured my heart and I’m now going on my 9th year as a resident of this peculiar town in the middle of Florida.
By day, I work as a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern for the University, which is just a fancy way of saying I’m a therapist. I love my job and it still often feels unreal to me that I have made it where I am today. I remember dreaming about being a therapist and specializing in eating disorder treatment when I was in my undergraduate years at UF, and that honestly feels like yesterday.
At work, I see clients for both individual therapy as well as group therapy within our eating disorder intensive outpatient program. While I am most involved in eating disorder treatment, I also work with clients diagnosed with other disorders such as OCD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, PTSD, and autism spectrum disorder among others. I never thought I’d become so excited about wellbeing in my life but here I am.
When not at my day job, I do my best to practice what I preach, while being a wellness advocate for others and myself. And I’ve found that this is a second job in itself. It takes dedication, commitment, and courage.
You see, another critical piece of information about me is that I am also in recovery myself.
When I started at UF as an undergrad, my initial plan was to major in environmental science. I had my whole life mentally mapped out, minus the part where I developed an eating disorder myself.
After reaching some pretty low rock bottoms during my freshman year, I began treatment for my eating disorder, which was quite involved. I attended weekly individual therapy, nutrition counseling, and group therapy in addition to seeing both a physician and psychiatrist. This was an incredibly rocky time and not easy, but it brought me to the place of balance and stability I’m in today.
Recovery is hard and takes incredible devotion. It requires surrender to the unknown, which is about the scariest thing you could ask someone to do who has pretty extreme control issues. Even today, I have my ups and downs, but overall I feel a sense of peace in my life and in my relationship with food and body.
Now I strive to help other individuals pursue their own journeys toward balance and healing. My day job provides me with fulfillment, purpose, and a way to pass on the help and care that I have received in my recovery. However, I aim for this blog to serve as a little corner of the web where I share my experience and the insight I have arrived at along my journey to lifey, wholesome wellness.