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about j.j. & UNORTHODOCS, INC.

Helping "Misfits" Unlock Their Superpowers

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After 16 years of passionately working in the current system of the mental health profession and seeing the systemic sexism, racism, homophobia, ableism, narcissism and elitism…I wanted nothing more than to burn it all down.

Then I decided to redirect my outrage into building something new based on love, laughter, and teaching emotional intelligence – because I believe that global healing is achieved by teaching people the skills to like themselves, or as I always say….Happy People Act Right.

A huge thank you to BIPOC leaders that have paved the way by creating movements based on JOY AS RESISTANCE. I hope I can contribute, use my white privilege productively and inclusively, and make you proud. “No one is free until we are all free.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


UnorthoDocs, Inc. is a punk alternative to traditional psychotherapy that centers around emotional intelligence skills training, peer-coaching, mentorship, and community outreach. Dr. Kelly & the advanced students from the Get Real Program, or "docs" recognize the power dynamics and “isms” inherent in therapy and choose, instead, a strength-based, collaborative approach of inclusivity and joy.


Pronouns: She/They

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Emotional Intelligence Skills Training Expert

A Progressive Knowledge Base


Solid Midwestern Values





  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, SF Bay Area

  • Psy.D. Doctorate, Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, SF Bay Area

  • License # PSY23618

  • Clinical work in Berkeley, Oakland, and the Bay Area since 2003. Global since the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Staff Member, Board Member, and creator of DBT program at the Berkeley Therapy Institute (est.1972) before establishing current private practice

  • Teaching DBT skills-training courses since 2004 to motivated individuals, groups, and 1-day courses for professionals

  • Received a multi-year grant (from the family of a former participant) to teach DBT skill-training classes to folks (both verbal and non-verbal) with severe cerebral palsy. Grant also funded my NIMH training with Dr. Marsha Linehan herself (creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy - DBT)

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