Dr. Kelley Watts

Dr. Kelley Watts is passionate about resilience. Through writings, speaking engagements, workshops, coaching, individual and family therapy, Dr. Watts helps people develop confidence and learn to thrive in the face of life’s challenges. She artfully navigates the path that bridges empathy and compassion with holding hope and faith that people are stronger than they think. Resilience is critical to overcoming personal challenges, but it’s also key to building strong teams and finding success in the workplace. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Houston. Dr. Watts offers counseling and resilience coaching services in person and online. She is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, offering groups and workshops on topics of vulnerability, shame, and resilience. Dr. Watts sees people through a kind and strength-based lens and is passionate about facilitating positive changes in an effective and efficient manner. Her goal is to take people from surviving to thriving by teaching them how to unlock their natural strength and resilience. Each of Kelley’s presentations blends stories, research, humor, and interaction to achieve measurable audience engagement.



Life doesn’t always go according to plan. In this talk, Dr. Watts outlines the skills necessary to navigate unexpected challenges in life’s most stressful circumstances. Emphasizing that you are not what you are dealt, but rather how you deal with difficult situations, Dr. Watts outlines the mental barriers and strategies to becoming a person who uses failure to enhance growth.


Dr. Kelley talks about how to evaluate the types of relationships you have, the ones you want, and gives you the tools necessary for building a roadmap to cultivating the support system desired. Themes included in this talk are the impact of personal attitude, exploration of techniques in developing a meaningful connection, and effective communication tools.  


Saying yes when we mean yes, and no when we mean no sounds simple but isn't easy.  In this talk, Dr. Watts outlines the difficulty many people have with trying to please others at the expense of their own happiness. Sheoutlines the common challenges with living authentically and teaches practical and effective skills for communicating assertively. Her approach can help even the most conflict avoidant people start to use their voice effectively rather than going through life as a doormat or a bulldozer.