Kia Medley-Stephens, MS, is a counselor, psychotherapist, behavior therapist, and PA licensed professional counselor specializing in treating the child and adolescent population. Kia is the newest counselor to join Ann L. Colley and Associates. She earned her Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University in 2015 after graduating from SUNY Empire State College in 2010. Kia enjoys learning and continuously looks to enhance her counseling skills. In 2020 Kia was trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy trained. Her focus was on treating the child and adolescent population. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and member of The National Board of Certified Counselors.
For than 25 years, Kia has served the child and adolescent population in one capacity or another. She served as a counselor to adjudicated youth residing in therapeutic residential programs by helping them to achieve behavioral and social emotional goals. Kia added to her therapeutic skills and counseled adults diagnosed with chronic mental health disorders by aiding them to transition from residing in community group homes to independent living in the community. She transitioned back to working with children by overseeing the counseling services rendered to children and families impacted by the PA foster care system. Currently, Kia works as a Director of Clinical Operations for a Children’s Behavioral Health Agency. She oversees the daily operations of the program and guides the clinical team toward providing stellar counseling services to children residing in the counties.
Kia’s mission is to provide evidenced based clinical services that encourage individuals to live optimally by accomplishing personal, behavioral, professional, and academic goals. She offers services by providing psychoeducation about mental health diagnoses/symptoms and incorporating into the therapy where applicable the use of art, yoga, physical movement, journaling, mindfulness practices, and talk therapy. Kia believes that children and their families struggling with a distressing event or symptoms associated with their mental health could benefit from a safe space to learn how to better manage their mental health as well as safe space to share their concerns.