Kelly Bennett Aurdahl

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master

Kelly Bennett AurdahlKelly has been working with people in a therapeutic capacity for over 20 years.  Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994 in psychology from Michigan State University.  She received a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Michigan in 1998, with concentrations in clinical social work, public policy, and school social work. While living in Michigan during the 1990’s, she worked with children and families in the areas of juvenile delinquency, family violence, sexual assault and rape prevention.

Upon her return in 2002 to her home town of Renton, Kelly began work with Native American and Alaskan Indian tribes.  They include Frank’s Landing Indian Community, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Cowlitz Indian Tribe.  Her specialty was with the children and their families that focused on emotional and social issues, behavior challenges, historical trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse and physical abuse, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety.  Kelly’s clinical modalities included solution- focused therapy, play therapy, eco-therapy, Native American cultural ceremonies and traditions, narrative therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

In 2010 Kelly expanded her clinical treatment modalities to begin to address the whole person. Kelly is a holistic therapist and looks at the mind, the body and the spirit of the person and how this ties back to their health and wellness.  She added to her clinical training and is a Reiki Master and a Heart-centered Hypnotherapist.  Kelly’s future goals are to become an E.M.D.R. certified therapist and to continue to explore other holistic modalities to support each unique and whole client.

Kelly is a mom, a wife, a life-long learner, a lover of nature, and loves spending time with her family. Kelly’s guiding philosophy comes from the Chinese Proverb: “Give a person a fish, feed them for a day.  Teach a person to fish, feed them for a lifetime.”