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ABOUT BRIDGE

Hello! I'm glad you're here. My name is Bridget Kiley (she/her). I commonly go by my nickname, Bridge. My work centers around mental health (therapy) services, body-centered healing, and writing.


Being human can be messy and hard! My work makes room for the full spectrum of human emotions and experiences and is informed by social justice, LGBTQ+ affirming, and Health at Every Size frameworks. 

I am licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as an LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) and an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) in Connecticut. I'm also a Master Reiki practitioner: reiki is a powerful complement to psychotherapy. 

My Why

I have found a lot of support through therapy, bodywork and overall learning. This has happened through relationships, in community, and teachings found in books and practiced on the cushion. I find that community (compassionate, connective relationships), self-compassion (mindfulness + common humanity + self-kindness) and building skills (of all kinds) are ingredients for living a full, wholehearted life so you will see this reflected in my work.


I believe everyone is an expert on their own experience. I hope to both offer connection and to share skills and tools I've learned along the way. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Internal Family Systems therapeutic approaches, as well as the Healing Our Core Issues model of developmental and relational trauma. My approach to therapy is integrative, and takes on different modalities depending on the needs of my clients. I have experience working with youth ages 5-18, emerging adults, and those well established in their adult lives. 


I especially enjoy mindfulness and compassion-based practices and working with those who are female-identified and in the LGBTQ+ community.

Educational Background

I earned both my Master of Science degree in Counseling and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Criminology from Villanova University in Villanova, PA. I spent a summer studying abroad in Galway, Ireland and completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Athens, Greece

In my mental health counseling work, I am experienced in leading groups, coordinating with multiple levels of providers (including parents, teachers, medical professionals, and outside agencies) to provide comprehensive care. I provide a person-centered approach, catered to meet each individual's needs. I work with those interested in deepening their connection to themselves and the world around them, this includes a focus on areas of grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship challenges.


Credentials

  • Co-author published in the book Applied Mindfulness: Approaches in Mental Health for Children and Adolescents

  • Level I, II and Master Level Reiki training Trained through Pat Venter at the Kurukulla Center

  • Mindfulness-Training in Primary Care 8-Week Group Leader Trained through Cambridge Health Alliance, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion

  • Level I and Level II Internal Family Systems Therapy Trained at Cambridge Health Alliance with supervision from Dick Schwartz, Martha Sweezy and Nancy Sowell

  • Level I Healing Our Core Issues training Trained by Jan Bergstrom and Rick Butts

  • Fulbright Foundation Scholarship U.S. Student Award to Greece, 2015-2016

  • Full Spectrum Doula Training, DONA childbirth and Doula training

  • Graduate Thesis: Embodying Mindfulness: Exploring Implementation of Mindfulness-Based Interventions in K-12 Schools​

More about Bridge

  • I currently work at Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC), a licensed community-based mental health counseling center serving Arlington youth (ages 3-21) and their families

  • Social justice communities and anti-oppression work plays a significant role in how I relate to myself and the world around me. I value the lived experiences of those I work with, especially those in marginalized communities, and I aim to center an anti-oppression lens in my life and work. I have and continue to explore, reflect and grow in relationship to my identities (such as a white and queer person). I reflect on, in an ongoing way, how to skillfully show up in relationship to myself and others, and I value supporting my clients in this reflection as well

  • I grew up in the United States (New England) and am one of four siblings (I have an older sister, younger sister, younger brother, and sister who was stillborn) and have spent time living in Galway, Ireland and Athens, Greece

  • In my free time, you'll see me with animals and loved ones, going on walks (with my dog and loved ones!), experimenting with art and finding water to swim in with my partner and friends

  • My grandparents are body-centered psychotherapists and have inspired much of my career and healing journey. They introduced me to the world of therapy and mindfulness (and that was how I was introduced to practicing mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Order of Interbeing)

 
 
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