Upstate Psychotherapy

Meet Dr. Kessler

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. My independent practice, Upstate Psychotherapy, is located in Greenville, SC. I am licensed in South Carolina, Georgia, and New York, and have been practicing for over 25 years in a variety of settings: hospital systems, university counseling centers, community counseling settings as well as independent practice. The diversity of my clinical experience has enriched me professionally and personally.

I began my career working with adult survivors of abuse and their children. Later, I earned a Ph.D. in psychology, deepening my research in trauma. I have also been trained in interpersonal psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, grief and loss and group work.  

My years of clinical work have taught me that the most effective way to lessen personal pain is by helping people strengthen and deepen true interpersonal connections. Joining you in this very personal journey brings me tremendous meaning and personal satisfaction.  

When I’m not working, I enjoy time with my family exploring nature. We are hikers who love discovering the amazing waterfalls in the Upstate region. I  also love to celebrate the arts at local festivals, galleries, and museums.