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Kelly Horwood

Counselor | Mental Health

Kelly Horwood is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Columbia, SC. Kelly provides Online and Individual Therapy for Adults
I provide psychotherapy to all types of people, ages 15 and up. I specialize in trauma and crisis work, clinical adult mental health, financial and career counseling, grief and loss, healthy boundary work, low self-worth and identity issues, depression and anxiety. I also provide counseling and coaching to individuals and couples who feel stuck during transitions or other difficult seasons in life.

I have worked in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric behavioral health, online tele-health counseling, and private outpatient mental health.

As a therapist I have the privilege of helping people learn how to manage, overcome, or heal all types of issues. I want to partner with you- to be on your team- and help you achieve your FULL life.
I approach counseling services from a team mindset. I’m not the expert on you: you are. I’m here to partner with you to help you achieve your goals and meet your needs, even if you aren’t sure what they are yet. Whatever your struggle I will help you uncover the roots of these issues, learn and grow in your unique strengths and gifts, and develop the tools to move from lack to fullness. Individual sessions are available online or at my Columbia, SC location.

Specialties include:

Anxiety and Depression
Stress Management
Coping with Difficult Life Challenges and Transitions
Young Adults, Self-Esteem, Identity
Crisis and Trauma
Couples (I am certified in PREPARE/ENRICH couples counseling)
Additional difficulties I can help with:

Relationship issues
Adjustment Disorders
Financial Counseling
Career Counseling
Self-compassion
Women’s Issues
Self-Esteem
If your specific concern is not listed, don’t hesitate to contact me for a complimentary phone consultation. If I am not the best fit to work with you, I will provide recommendations to find a therapist to best assist you.

As a Counselor, I will:

Provide a confidential, comfortable, and non-judgmental space for you to express your concerns
Share honest and kind feedback to assist you in seeing situations from alternative perspectives
Work collaboratively with you to set goals towards improvements that are reasonable and make sense in your life
Teach skills and techniques to help you better cope with stress and difficult situations
2 years Experience
Kelly Horwood
  • Columbia, SC
  • Liberty University
  • Accepting new patients

Can a counselor help me get over my depression due to my divorce?

Absolutely. A divorce can be a very traumatic experience, and having someone walk through those emotions and help you process will be the first step in moving into a new season READ MORE
Absolutely. A divorce can be a very traumatic experience, and having someone walk through those emotions and help you process will be the first step in moving into a new season of life.

How can I handle my work stress better?

Stress affects every part of us - physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual. It's important to start by understanding what the stress is stemming from: Are you afraid of failing READ MORE
Stress affects every part of us - physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual. It's important to start by understanding what the stress is stemming from: Are you afraid of failing and are thus saying "yes" to every project or task? Or are you working like a dog to earn a promotion? Or something else? There's no one way to address stress, but good approaches include setting healthy work boundaries, making sure your priorities are in order, and practicing good self care.

How is religion dealt with in therapy?

It is entirely up to you. As a therapist I always ask my client if religion/spirituality is important to them and if they want it included in their treatment. This means that I READ MORE
It is entirely up to you. As a therapist I always ask my client if religion/spirituality is important to them and if they want it included in their treatment. This means that I will honor their religion or spirituality focus as a method of their treatment. You should definitely mention this area if it is something you want to be included, or something you want to work on.

Does psychoanalysis help with depression?

There are many different treatments for depression, and many different theraputic approaches to treatment. Psychoanalysis is merely one theraputic approach. It is not as common READ MORE
There are many different treatments for depression, and many different theraputic approaches to treatment. Psychoanalysis is merely one theraputic approach. It is not as common today as it was during the early years of counseling/therapy. There are many more theories and approaches that have better evidence of being helpful in treating depression, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. But the most important aspect of treatment is your willingness to improve/change, and also the strength of your relationship with your therapist. Find a good therapist and you'll start seeing improvements, no matter what theraputic interventions they use.

How effective is marriage counseling?

100%. Don't wait till it's too late. Marriage counseling isn't a "last ditch" effort one step before divorce. Marriage counseling is for those who are ready to put everything that READ MORE
100%. Don't wait till it's too late. Marriage counseling isn't a "last ditch" effort one step before divorce. Marriage counseling is for those who are ready to put everything that they are comfortable with on the line to make their marriage the most important thing in their lives. It works. But it will require everything from both of you, and it will be 100% worth it.

Can my family doctor treat anxiety?

If you took him to a doctor first they would most likely recommend and refer him out for counseling anyway. Counseling is the best approach to treat this multifaceted issue. Its READ MORE
If you took him to a doctor first they would most likely recommend and refer him out for counseling anyway. Counseling is the best approach to treat this multifaceted issue. Its never good to say what "normal" is, because there's no such thing. But getting some help for it will definitely help him feel better if he is comfortable with his therapist.

What is the treatment for sex addiction?

If the amount of sex is a problem for either of you, then sure, bringing it up would be a good idea. But, before I attach a label such as "addicted to sex," there would be a lot READ MORE
If the amount of sex is a problem for either of you, then sure, bringing it up would be a good idea. But, before I attach a label such as "addicted to sex," there would be a lot more information I would need first. Maybe have a conversation with her about your concerns and see what she says first. If it's an issue for you, then maybe you could talk to a therapist first and see if she is willing to join you.

My son has a birth defect in his hand. How can I make sure it doesn’t affect his confidence level?

Validate his emotions. Encourage his best traits. Show him all the ways he's amazing that have nothing to do with his appearance. The movie Wonder is really encouraging. And the READ MORE
Validate his emotions. Encourage his best traits. Show him all the ways he's amazing that have nothing to do with his appearance.
The movie Wonder is really encouraging.
And the book The Whole Brain child could be helpful for you too!

Why are my dreams so vague?

This could certainly be something you bring up in therapy. As a holistic therapist I would want to know what your diet and sleep routine looks like first. We often don't realize READ MORE
This could certainly be something you bring up in therapy. As a holistic therapist I would want to know what your diet and sleep routine looks like first. We often don't realize how many things affect our brains during sleep, such as what we ate for dinner or what we watched on TV last week or even our level of hydration during sleep.

My daughter has been bullied in school, and now she isolates herself at home. What can I do for her?

Find a good child therapist who can help her build her self esteem and process those traumatic experiences of bullying. Validate her emotions. Find her some good friends. Celebrate READ MORE
Find a good child therapist who can help her build her self esteem and process those traumatic experiences of bullying. Validate her emotions. Find her some good friends. Celebrate her.
Watch the movie Wonder with her.

Are antidepressants safe for children?

I don't turn to medication as a first step for kids. Always start with therapy. Her depression came from somewhere. A good therapist will help uncover that and treat the root READ MORE
I don't turn to medication as a first step for kids. Always start with therapy. Her depression came from somewhere. A good therapist will help uncover that and treat the root of it instead of medicating a symptom first.

How can I get over my husband's infedility?

This is a heavy and loaded question, and one that will require many different things at once. First, you need a safe outlet to process this traumatic experience. Then, you need READ MORE
This is a heavy and loaded question, and one that will require many different things at once.
First, you need a safe outlet to process this traumatic experience. Then, you need some positive interactions with him. And ultimately you need marriage counseling together to rebuild your bond.
Many marriages recover from things like this. But its very hard to do alone. Listen to some great podcasts like Only You Forver that discuss this issue. And ultimately, find a therapist you can unload this baggage with and do the good work of recovering from it.