Dr. Kelle English
Dr. Kelle English is a Clinical Director here at A Better Today. She has worked in the field of Behavioral Health for nearly twenty years, since 1998. She has a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, both from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Dr. English also has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Johnson C Smith University, in Charlottesville.
A Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), Dr. English also has specialized training as a Clinical Liaison and an Agent of Change Trainer for ASAM. Her approach to mental health treatment is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), ‘with a heart,’ as she puts it. She tries to treat patients empathetically and compassionately, giving positive feedback to boost their sense of self-worth and confidence.
Her first job in the field was as a Behavioral Health Technician, working with adults on the autism spectrum. Dr. English also worked in a Methadone clinic for ten years. Additionally, she has worked for multiple organizations that serve the courts or the DMV, performing screenings for DUIs, domestic violence, and anger management. She’s also worked doing in-home or school-based assessments.
She was the Maricopa County Jail’s Clinical Supervisor, providing therapeutic groups and treatment for inmates. It was here and at the Methadone clinic where she most encountered substance abuse problems in her patients. She has always had a passion for treating addiction and substance abuse disorder, helping people who have lost control in their lives to such a great extent.
Dr. English spends her free time with her beloved daughter who is two years old. She says that maternal love is a deeper love than she had ever experienced before and she is blessed to have it. Her favorite part of the work she does for A Better Today is seeing the aha moments in her patients, when she sees the lightbulb go off. She is thankful to be a part of the positive changes they achieve.