Kelly Hart

My History

I consider myself a lifetime nurturer, learner, and healer. I enjoy the art and rhythm of relationships. I have been married for over twenty years. I have three amazing children and three wonderful grandchildren. I have had the pleasure of serving alongside my spouse who is a retired ARMY officer. I love spending time with my family and serving my community. I inherently believe that the willingness to change and the courage that this requires is an honorable virtue. I have had the privilege to journey alongside many courageous individuals over the past 25 years that I have served in healthcare.

My Approach

I believe that taking the first step towards healing and growth takes tremendous strength and courage. My goal is to provide hope, healing, and encouragement throughout the most challenging seasons of life and at various life stages. I believe in providing children, adolescents, individuals and families sound clinical knowledge, compassionate truth, and guidance as they move forward on their journey. I also believe that the client-therapist relationship involves ongoing collaboration to ensure mutual understanding and progress.

My clinical specializations include working with adults as well as children and adolescents who are experiencing ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, parenting issues, codependency, and adjustment-related issues. My professional background stems from an eclectic and prescriptive approach. I primarily work from a person centered and Adlerian theoretical foundation. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal, strengths-based model with advanced clinical training in the areas of EMDR, sand tray, mindfulness, and play therapy.

I am a Registered Play Therapist and I specialize in providing counseling to children and adolescents through the healing power of play. I appreciate and acknowledge the courage it takes to want to make a change, and I am delighted, honored, and privileged to be working with your child through this journey. I utilize play therapy to allow children the ability to overcome the different challenges that they face in their lives. I delight in helping children and families acknowledge their own intuitive capacity for healing and growth. I trust that children learn to understand the world, their place in the world, and their place in it through play.

Through play, children are able to work on their inner feelings and emotions. Since children are not able to adequately communicate themselves in the adult world, I often work through the lens of play therapy. This allows children the possibility to learn about self-regulation, overcoming conflict, and healing. I am committed to working with families in order to help them progress towards their goals and live life to the fullest. I create a holistic and collaborative approach by working alongside parents, caregivers, teachers, and other adults in the child’s life.

I look forward to walking alongside you on your own unique path.


I had the privilege of attending Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Dickson, TN. I obtained my nursing degree from Tennessee Tech in 1994. I specialized in pediatric nursing and later worked as a performance improvement manager. I then earned my undergraduate degree from Bethel University in Industrial and Organizational Management in 2001. I pursued and earned my Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health from Webster University in 2005. Upon graduation from my Master’s program I worked in private practice treating children, individuals, couples, and families. I have served as a consultant with several organizations to include cocreating a nonprofit agency. I received my license to practice as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in NC in 2005. I later became a LCMHC Supervisor (LCMHC-S) in 2018. I earned my Registered Play Therapy (RPT) credential in 2019. Additionally, I was also granted my Supervisor status as an RPT (RPT-S) by the Association of Play Therapy in 2019. I find it deeply gratifying providing supervision to new clinicians who are seeking to become LCMHC and those that are seeking to earn the RPT credential.

  • Undergraduate Degree:
    Industrial & Organizational Management

    Bethel University

  • Masters Degree:
    Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health

    Webster University


Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Registered Play Therapist


Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor for North Carolina

Registered Play Therapist for all states

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