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Martrell Kelly-John


• Graduate of the University of the District of Columbia
• Associates of Science in Mortuary Science
• Bachelor of Social Work
• Graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore
• Master of Social Work

Born in Darlington, South Carolina, Martrell relocated to Washington, DC to pursue a career in Mortuary Science. While serving in the profession and bearing witness to the tragic ways of death that occurred among young people especially, there grew a strong desire to pursue a degree in Social Work to address underlying problems contributing to destructive pathways and a special interest in loss, grief, and trauma. 

Martrell received both a Bachelor and Master’s in Social Work. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore specializing in families and children services. Martrell has a diverse background in working with adults with disabilities, children/families in foster care/adoption, and individuals/families in hospice. 

She worked as a residential counselor in Chantilly Virginia helping adults cope with anxiety, depression and grief relating to their mental and physical disabilities. She worked in child welfare services helping children/adolescents who experienced trauma, abuse, and neglect as well as families find stabilization. She currently serves as a bereavement coordinator in Greenville, South Carolina providing counseling to individuals/families facing end-of-life transition and hospice care. 

Martrell is passionate about helping individuals and families grow through challenging experiences by providing eclectic and holistic approaches to facilitate adjustment to unwanted changes and achieving emotional/mental wellness. She believes in providing a safe, caring, and non-judgmental environment to explore and learn techniques to effectively maintain daily roles and a meaningful life. She utilizes cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focus, and dialectical approaches. It is her belief that every individual has unique strengths and her goal is to build upon these strengths to help clients live the best quality of life that can be achieved in whatever circumstances. 

Martrell is honored to join Innovation Counseling Services to help individuals learn to cope and reach a healthier and satisfying way of living. 

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