MEd, BScOT, OTReg.(Ont), RP, RMFT
Sex Therapy | Couples Therapy | Individual Psychotherapy
Kelli Young is a Registered Psychotherapist, a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Certified Sex Therapist. She is also a Registered Occupational Therapist and a well-respected clinician with more than 25 years of experience, both in the public and private sectors.
As a strong believer of the importance of life-long learning, Kelli routinely participates in courses and training activities to enhance her therapeutic skills. Additionally, she
has published articles in both professional journals and popular media, and has lectured internationally on topics related to sexuality and couple relationships.
Kelli practices in Toronto, Canada where she works with individuals and couples, helping them to overcome obstacles and build intimacy and connection in their relationships
Kelli has been happily married for over 24 years, and she has two daughters.
Registered Psychotherapist - College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
Certified Sex Therapist - Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling In Ontario (BESTCO)
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Fellow - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), The Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT), and the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
Registered Occupational Therapist - College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO)
Kelli received her professional degree in Occupational Therapy (BScOT) in 1992 from the University of Western Ontario.
In 1998 Kelli earned a diploma in Group Psychotherapy from the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association (CGPA), following a 2-year intensive training program.
In 2005 Kelli received her Master's degree (M.Ed.) in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. Also in 2005, Kelli earned a Graduate Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies through the University of Guelph and the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT). Kelli has extensive training and experience in various models of counselling and psychotherapy.
In 2008 Kelli completed a 5-day externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). She is a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (ICEEFT). She has training and experience in a variety of couple and family therapy models, including Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, and Systemic Family Therapy, which are approaches that she draws from extensively in her work. She also utilizes principles and methods of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
Kelli has extensive training in Sex Therapy, including a clinical practicum in the Sexual Medicine Counselling Unit at the Sunnybrook and Women’s Health Sciences Centre (2003-2004). She has completed the Intensive Sex Therapy Training Institute (2001); the Advanced Training Program in Treating Female Sexual Dysfunction Institute (2002); and the Sexual Attitudes Reassessment (SAR) Institute (2006) through the University of Guelph. From 2006 to 2008 she participated in a monthly Sex Therapy Training and Supervision Course, overseen by two approved supervisors of the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO). Kelli continues to attend biannual BESTCO training modules, as well as several other yearly conferences and workshops specific to sexual health and sex therapy.
Kelli believes strongly in the pursuit of “life-long learning”. She regularly participates in professional development and educational events to enhance and upgrade her therapeutic skills.
Since 1992 Kelli has worked in the Eating Disorders Program at the Toronto General Hospital where she provides group, individual, family, and couple therapy. In addition to her work at the Toronto General Hospital and her private practice, Kelli has facilitated support groups at Sheena’s Place, a support centre for people with eating disorders. She has facilitated groups on topics such as Talking about Sex; Food, Body Image, and Sexuality; Connecting as Couples; and Adult Support.
Kelli’s research interests and experience are in the areas of Eating Disorders and Sexuality. She holds a teaching appointment (rank of Lecturer) at the University of Toronto, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine. Kelli is the recipient of several teaching and education awards, including a teaching award from the University of Toronto for “Overall Outstanding Contribution to Occupational Therapy Education” (2002-2003), and the University Health Network (UHN) OT Teaching Award for excellence in student teaching activity (2004-2005). She received the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy 2011 Community Partners Award for “Outstanding Significant Contribution During 2010-11”.
Kelli has published several articles in scholarly journals and popular media. She is an accomplished speaker and has presented internationally at workshops, conferences and other speaking engagements on topics related to sexuality, couple therapy, and sex therapy.
(Please note that services provided by Kelli in her private practice are separate from her positions at Toronto General Hospital, Sheena’s Place, and the University of Toronto).
Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO) - Clinical Member and Certified Sex Therapist
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) - Clinical Fellow, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) - Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT) - Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association (CGPA) - Full Member
Sex Education and Information Council of Canada (SIECCAN) - Member
Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT) - Member
Toronto Occupational Therapy Mental Health Interest Group - Member
Eating Disorders Association of Canada (EDAC) - Member
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) - Member
(Note: The following is just a small sample of Kelli’s publications. She has also been interviewed and quoted in many other articles, online blogs and magazines, and radio shows)
Young, K., Dodington, A., Smith, C., & Heck, C. S. (2019). Addressing clients’ sexual health in occupational therapy practice.
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Young, K. (2015). Hot Stuff: A Lifetime of Healthy Sex is Possible At Any Age.
The Toronto Star: Women’s Health Insert. September 2015.
Young, K., and Dimitropoulos, G. (2012). YOU + ME + ED = A Threesome: Couples and Eating Disorders.
Family Therapy Magazine, May/June 2012, American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy.
Vankoughnet, K., Young, K. (2013). Five Exercises That Will Boost Your Libido.
Canadian Living Magazine.
Young, K. (2015). Manage Sex and Intimacy During and After Gynecological Cancer Treatment.
University Health Network (UHN) Patient and Family Education Program Brochure.
Woodside, D.W., Sonnenberg, S. Young, K., Jonas, D., Carter, J., Kaplan, A. Martin, R. Cowan, R. and Grigoriadis, S. (2006). Inpatient Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa. In P.J. Cooper and A. Stein Childhood Feeding Problems and Adolescent Eating Disorders. Ch. 13, pp. 319-343. New York: Routledge.