Carly Denny is a Limited Licensed Psychologist. She earned her dual degrees (Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies) from the University of Dayton, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University.
Carly’s therapeutic approach can best be described as easygoing and warm; it is a place where clients can unload their worries, and celebrate their successes. She strives to make sure her clients feel comfortable, supported, and validated throughout their journey. She believes her most important role as a counselor is to assist individuals in gaining a sense of insight, empowerment, and growth, while also encouraging people to treat themselves with self compassion, and an understanding that their behaviors are often just attempts to stay safe and fulfill unmet needs.
During sessions, Carly implements humor and authenticity, along with compassion and candidness, while also tailoring treatment(s) to meet a client’s specific needs. She views counseling as a collaborative approach, filled with open and honest communication, engaging dialogue, brainstorming, confronting challenges as opportunities for insight and growth, and most importantly, a place for unconditional and genuine regard… And probably some off-the-wall jokes every once in a while.
The Lord of the Rings character, Samwise Gamgee once said, “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.” Of course he was referring to his inability to help Frodo destroy a malevolent ring that was forged with the sole purpose to gain dominion over the free peoples of Middle-earth, but it is still a quote that Carly applies to her therapeutic philosophy. A counselor cannot carry a client’s heavy burden for them, but a counselor can support a client every step of the way as they learn to overcome any obstacle they face. No one should be forced to walk alone, and with the right counselor, a client can feel emboldened and courageous enough to destroy their own ring, in a manner of speaking.
Carly has clinical experience providing counseling and testing/evaluation services to individuals of all ages, but her predominant focus is working with adolescents, teens, and young adults. She especially enjoys working alongside those experiencing life transitions, unresolved trauma, grief, depression and anxiety (particularly Panic Disorder), ADHD-related interventions, and women’s issues.
While Carly spent the past 4 years working in private practice prior to joining Kalamazoo Therapy Group, she also worked as a site coordinator within Kalamazoo Public Schools, where it was her role to identify and integrate community resources, and develop strategies and partnerships to provide additional support to students through developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive interventions and services. During her time in KPS, she tackled a wide variety of obstacles and concerns, such as: trauma, substance abuse, social and familial conflicts, incarceration, grief and loss, housing insecurity, mood disorders, self-esteem, suicidality, and unmet basic needs.
Counseling Services Overview
- Works with individuals
- Passionate about working with adolescents, teens, and young adults
- Conducts sessions via telehealth and in-person
- Focuses on helping clients approach life from a place of curiosity, never judgment
- Currently expanding her certifications and training in military culture, and eating disorders
- Dog available for therapy sessions
If you are in crisis, contact 911 or 211. Our therapists are not able to provide therapy or respond timely to emergencies through voicemails or emails.
Schedule an Appointment with Carly Denny
Call Kalamazoo Therapy Group at (269) 225-5148, or send a message.