Kelly L. Thielk is a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, 400-hour Certified Yoga Instructor and Level 2 Reiki Practitioner who helps people heal both mind and body. After working over 10 years in the yoga field and two years volunteering as a court appointed child advocate for LaSalle county, she decided to combine her passion for yoga and therapy and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work (2015) at Aurora University. Kelly specialized in substance abuse, obtaining her certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor and working with dual diagnosis. Kelly has worked as a counselor within the prison system focusing on substance abuse, anger management and criminal thinking. Kelly most recently worked as a dual diagnoses counselor at an intensive outpatient drug rehabilitation center focusing on relapse prevention, anger management, mindfulness and mental health.
“I believes that illness in the body reflects illness in the mind, and that illness in the mind reflects illness in the body. This is why I implement evidence-based practices in a holistic way incorporating yoga, art, music, meditation, whole body wellness education along with psychotherapy. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, but always client centered and strength based. I believe everyone has what they need to heal inside, but in different stages or situations may need help utilizing those tools. It is at these times that I am honored and privileged to assist clients in developing and utilizing those skills”
Kelly has experience working with those suffering from extensive drug and or alcohol addiction as well as those just looking to make healthier life style changes. Her experience in mental health has been helping clients with issues related to Bi-polar, Depression, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder and Schizophrenia. She also has experience working with trauma related issues and its long-term effects in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Kelly works with all ages individually or in group format, family and couples.
In Kelly’s spare time she loves to travel, do volunteer work, eat good food and spend time with her family and pets. She is passionate about yoga and enjoys leading yoga workshops, yoga retreats and attending festivals that inspire wellness in the community. Kelly enjoys Crossfit and lifting weights with her family while finding the perfect balance with yoga.