Resident in Counseling
Kehan (Anna) obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dickinson College. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and received her two master’s degrees in Mental Health Services and Professional Counseling.
During her years at Penn, Kehan worked as a therapist for kindergarteners and a mentor for middle schoolers at a K-12 school in the Greater Philadelphia area. By using play therapy techniques, Kehan helped kindergarteners work through interpersonal problems, emotion recognition difficulties, and issues associated with parental negligence. As a middle school student mentor, Kehan assisted them in exploring future career interests and formulated detailed and actionable career plans.
Besides working in a school setting, Kehan also did her internship at Elwyn, a community mental health site in Philadelphia. She helped clients with anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar, trauma (PTSD), Autism, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and eating disorders and provided all-aged clients with individual therapy. About half of her clients were adults, and the other half were children and adolescents. While working with some adolescents and young adults, Kehan helped them explore their gender identity and sexuality and provided psychoeducation. At Elwyn, Kehan also participated in a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group that helped clients live in the moment, develop healthy coping strategies, regulate emotions, and improve their relationships with others. At undergraduate and graduate schools, Kehan attended a half-year seminar on eating disorders and another half-year seminar on Autism. She read and studied the literature on etiologies, treatments, and preventions of these disorders. Moreover, Kehan worked in the Timko Research Group at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a year, where she was trained in administering and scoring different intelligence and executive functioning assessments for children and their parents.
Currently, Kehan is an LPC-R (Resident in Counseling). She enjoys working with children and their caregivers to create a safe and nurturing environment for kids to grow, learn, change, and heal. She wants to help caregivers care for their own emotional well-being while taking care of their children. Her philosophy as a counselor is to give each child/adult unconditional acceptance, treat each child/adult as a unique individual, and use different methods based on each child/adult’s needs. She uses an eclectic approach that draws on multiple orientations and techniques, including play therapy, art therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), person-centered therapy (PCT), etc. She believes listening to clients, understanding their verbal and non-verbal expressions, and entering into their experiences alongside them are essential to therapy. Using techniques from various approaches allows her to adapt to different treatment goals.