Motivated by the faces and stories of children whose living situations are less than desirable, Kelly Gleadall Beach formed her own consulting firm, KMG Consulting, where she provides behavioral health care services and offers individual and family assessments. As the owner, Ms. Gleadall Beach oversees mental health assessments, coordinates with foster care agencies, and organizes behavioral health care with Medicaid to ensure that children receive the appropriate support. For 20 years, her main goal has been to provide what is in the best interest of the child.
A licensed marriage and family therapist, Ms. Gleadall Beach attributes her success to her hard work, perseverance, patience, and faith in others. Her desire to help others brought her into her profession and through her firm, she is determined to offer every child the behavioral health treatment they deserve. Dealing with the system designed to aid these children can be somewhat challenging, but Ms. Gleadall Beach is extremely passionate about fulfilling her responsibilities. Although there can be obstacles in her profession, facilitating a reunion with family members who have the best interest of the child at heart makes it all worthwhile.
In 2005, Ms. Gleadall Beach earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 1994, she received a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance from the Saint Thomas Campus at the University of the Virgin Islands, in addition to a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1991 from George Mason University. To keep herself up-to-date in her field, she holds memberships with The Nevada Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In the future, Ms. Gleadall Beach hopes to continue assisting children and adults with their behavioral health care needs. In her spare time, she enjoys vacationing with her family and husband William, scuba diving, gardening and reading.
Conversation with Kelly Gleadall Beach
WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING: On what topics do you consider yourself to be an expert?
Kelly Gleadall Beach: Getting children who have gone through domestic violence and sexual abuse the services they need.
What characteristics help to separate you from your competitors?
My integrity, inspirational ethics and willingness to do whatever is necessary to ensure my clients receive their needed services.
What motivates you?
The children who need help. I learn through their life experiences and challenges, and am extremely motivated to assist in providing needed support. The challenges I encounter daily feed into my motivation.
What lessons have you learned as a professional in your field for the past 20 years?
People who are angry generally have a very good reason; don’t burn any bridges. I have learned that it can be difficult to determine credibility or validity.
What short-term and long-term career goals are you currently pursuing?
My short-term goal is to get my work done and submit it in a timely manner. My long-term goal is having all clinicians involved in a patient’s treatment.
What is the most difficult obstacle or challenge you have faced in pursuit of your goals?
I have difficulties getting children who desperately need them approved for services. There can also be concerns with communication.
What is the most significant issue facing your profession today?
Due to our current economic state and prior misuse and abuse of funds, monetary resources are lacking to provide the needed behavioral health care services.
What are some questions that an individual interested in your services can ask to ensure a more productive relationship?
They can ask what my success rate is in obtaining the needed services. They can also ask what the treatment plans are, if they are written specifically to a child’s needs, and if I am willing to go to any means necessary to obtain the services needed.
What do you find to be the most rewarding about your profession?
Seeing progress with children, as well as recognizing every day that I learn something from my clients.
What advice can you offer fellow members or others aspiring to work in your industry?
You need to be able to separate emotions and maintain personal boundaries. You also need to be able to take care of your mental and physical well-being.
Who have been your mentors or people who have greatly influenced you?
My parents, because they always pushed for education. Dr. Annette Shuck, my adviser at the University of the Virgin Islands, and Richard Harrison, my primary supervisor at The Nevada Association for Marriage and Family Therapy were mentors to me. My clients also influence me.
What changes have you observed in your industry/field since you started?
There is too much politics, substance abuse and domestic violence. The legal system has changed as well.
How do you see these changes affecting the future of your industry?
I hope the public can recognize that if there is a child in need of services, the family requires support as well. This is known as systems theory, which deems that the interactions and choices of all family members influence each other. We do not exist in a vacuum.