About Michelle

Dedicated to helping you improve the quality of your life, from the inside out!

I’m Michelle Kelley, Licensed Counselor & Owner of Girls Stand Strong.

For girls and women of all ages, self-confidence and the power of resiliency are critical to a happy and fulfilling life.  I can help you develop the skills to create your brighter future while building a life based on integrity, clarity, and confidence.

As a single mother for more than ten years, with two daughters of my own, I understand the struggles and drama that girls face in today’s world.

I get it!

I want girls and women to acquire and enhance their emotional and social intelligence and become effective communicators, love who they are, and be in charge of their own destiny. I am passionate about my work!

My counseling style is relaxed and caring. Making a connection quickly is important.  For more than 25 years I worked with children, teens, adults, and families, but five years ago I focused my counseling practice exclusively on working with girls and women.  I have the knowledge, experience, and tools to help you build a better tomorrow and achieve your goals and dreams.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University with a specialization in working with children and families. I have been published in Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine and The Fauquier Times Democrat. 

You are welcome to reach out to me if you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment to learn more.

I look forward to supporting you in your journey!


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I just wanted to say THANK YOU. I left your office so inspired today.
To say Michelle changed our lives would not be an exaggeration. She was very empathetic and non-judgmental... She didn't make our daughter feel badly... She didn't make my husband and myself feel like incompetent parents.
I definitely owe my newfound confidence to Michelle. Without her, I don’t know how I would’ve been able to come out of my horrible situation as such a better version of myself.
People don't understand Michelle doesn’t just offer advice… which they seem to be afraid of hearing. I convey the message that the decisions you make are ultimately your own but Michelle will help you find clarity and sort through emotions.
We felt comfortable knowing that Michelle would be the kind of counselor that would help our daughter see the good in herself, but also question some of her choices and actions.
You have brought back the communication ability that I thought that I lost. You helped her understand what we were feeling and she is such a better person for seeing you.
Michelle, you are so right about [my daughter] and how she thrives off of feelings of accomplishment. All seems to be good now. She amazes me every day with the way she is learning to handle tough situations.
With Michelle’s guidance, I was able to accomplish in approximately 8 months what I hadn’t been able to over the past 15 years.
I am forever grateful for Michelle's help.
Thank you, Michelle, for giving me my voice and a new lease on life.
Retired Arlington County Teacher
She helped me focus my attention toward problem-solving issues.
Laura Clancy, Owner
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Michelle is the best life coach I ever had.
Michelle is an excellent listener and her insights and advice were always right on target.
(mother of a teen girl)
She helped me in so many ways!
Michelle Kelly saved my life. What more can I say?
Stephanie W.

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