Kelly Alpert, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in treatment for complex trauma and disorders of emotional and behavioral dysregulation, including borderline personality disorder. She earned her Masters in Social Work with a focus on clinical behavioral health from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and is trained in standard comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), DBT for Complex Trauma, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Kelly is a member of the DBT consultation team at The Bethesda Group and works with an EMDR International Association certified EMDR consultant.
Kelly uses both DBT and EMDR because they complement and enhance each other. DBT helps clients learn skills to regulate/experience emotions and address problems intentionally and effectively to reduce responding to problems in ways that lead to new problems and increase misery/suffering. EMDR allows clients to understand and reprocess their earlier life experiences that skew their perspectives on themselves, the world, and others. By addressing both skills deficits and emotional underpinnings to maladaptive ways of acting, thinking, and feeling, clients can achieve their mental health and life goals.
Ultimately, Kelly aims to help all her clients achieve spiritual fulfillment by helping them find peace with their past experiences, which allows them to discover, accept, and be their genuine and authentic selves.