Kulky brings a creative, synergistic, and vibrant energy to the workplace. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Adler University in Chicago, IL and her masters in counseling psychology at Argosy University in San Diego, CA. Identifying as a fat and tattooed queer femme of color, Kulky has also experienced marginalization, discrimination, and oppression for these intersecting identities throughout her life. She understands the deep impact that prejudice and stigma has on one’s mental health and wellbeing, and she is committed to socio-political and cultural change in efforts towards social justice and equality. After years of professional training and personal exploration, she is not only fulfilling her calling but is also creating her legacy. Accordingly, Kulky is intentional about helping to cultivate meaningful, healing, and transformative therapeutic relationships so that her clients may become their own compassionate caregiver and agent of change to live an authentic, value-guided, and worthwhile life.
Kulky operates within a relational foundation of humanistic, systemic, multicultural, and feminist frameworks. She values being a strong generalist who can establish a safe and secure therapeutic atmosphere for providing customized, holistic, and evidenced-based individual and group therapy. Clinically, she practices multi-theoretical, trauma-informed, and multiculturally competent treatment, and she specializes in mindfulness-based practices working with marginalized and oppressed communities. Her main treatment approaches include third-wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Self-Compassion (MSC). She also incorporates narrative, brief-psychodynamic, positive psychology, and creative therapies in treatment. Kulky enjoys working with diverse young adults who have experienced relational trauma, identify as perfectionists, are highly self-critical and shame-prone, have low self-esteem/worth, and/or who may exhibit ineffective coping behaviors such as suicidality, self-harm, disordered eating, and substance abuse. Additional professional interests include mood disorders, complex anxiety concerns (social anxiety, relational OCD), identity development and intersectionalities of multicultural diversity concerns, family of origin issues and attachment/relational concerns.
Alongside her heartfelt therapeutic style, Kulky takes a collaborative, encouraging, and empowering approach to help foster change by developing insight, expanding coping skills, mastering distress or challenges, emboldening self-agency, affirming self-expression, nurturing resilience, and promoting overall wellness. She aims to cultivate the courage and resiliency for her clients to take risks towards vulnerability and connection. She hopes to demonstrate how to let go of unnecessary suffering, to forgive ourselves for our past transgressions, to unapologetically love ourselves for who we already are, to have faith in our goodness and our potential, to wholeheartedly trust our intuitive wisdom, and to believe in the process of healing and transformative growth. Above all, it is the utmost importance that folx who work with Kulky leave treatment having felt heard, seen, valued, understood, and inspired.
Kulky is a transplant from California who has rooted herself in the Ann Arbor community. As a multifaceted individual, Kulky is more than just a psychologist. She is also an amateur podcaster, improv enthusiast, and aspiring femme (drag) queen. Additionally, she has experienced the transformative power of applying mindfulness self-compassion, gratitude, and positive affirmations to her own life, and she understands the courage it takes to step into her own light and power for living a meaningful and authentic life.