“I believe you already have what you need to create a meaningful life, to solve problems, and to feel bliss—I’m here to help guide you. When you get curious and engage with your struggles, it can shift your attitude—to a place where lasting and profound change is possible.”
Kelly McDonnell-Arnold is a Certified Sexologist, Individual and Relationship Therapist and Masters Level Registered Social Worker (RSW), supervised by Dr. Richard Wood, C.Psych. She has received formal education on a breadth of sexual topics, including the various sexual dysfunctions, sexuality across the lifespan, desire discrepancy between partners, sexuality and illness, sexuality and loss, trauma, erotic preferences, and non-monogamy. She has a particularly strong interest in personal and sexual development and empowerment, increasing intimacy, trust, and sexual satisfaction between partners, effective communication, self exploration, and working through roadblocks in order to create a life that is truly blissful. In addition to in-person therapy sessions, Kelly offers virtual one-on-one coaching for clients outside of the Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) region, as well as intensive weekend getaway’s for individuals and couples.
Ms. McDonnell-Arnold received her double undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology with Honours from Wilfrid Laurier University, after which she pursued a Master’s degree in Forensic Sexology at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. She has completed additional training in EMDR Therapy and holds a certificate in Sex Therapy from the University of Guelph, and finally a Master’s of Business Administration with a specialization in Health Care Administration from Niagara University, NY USA. Kelly has worked as a Therapist in numerous addiction treatment facilities, and as a Quality Consultant in a large community hospital, focused on improving both physical and mental health care services in the KW community. Kelly has been on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood KW and is the Co-Founder of Sexology International. She established her own private practice in 2010. Three years later, her dream of founding a collaborative group practice was realized with the launch of Bliss Counselling in 2013.
Ms. McDonnell-Arnold is an active member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), American College of Sexologists (ACS), Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), and the Western Australian Sexology Society (WASS). Kelly is the Host of Sex Talk with Kelly on Rogers TV and is a sought after specialist and personality in the field of relationships and sexuality. She has appeared on talk shows, as a keynote speaker at international conferences, including the World Association for Sexual Health and her work has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Family, Holistic Parent, and Beautiful Beginnings Bridal Magazine, as well as several online magazines, such as Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, SheKnows, and Bustle.
Kelly brings acceptance and encouragement and provides a space for deep personal exploration, growth, and expansion. She believes her role is to guide, empower and encourage her clients, while they own their growth process and take actionable steps to realize their potential and create the fulfilling lives and relationships they’ve been dreaming about.
Ms. McDonnell-Arnold’s rate ranges from $140-180 per counselling hour (50 minutes in length). Many Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and extended health care plans will cover services rendered by a Registered Social Worker or Certified Psychologist.