Kelly Crooks, LCSW - Illinois Therapist at Grow Therapy

Kelly Crooks

Kelly Crooks


10 years of experience

Hello! I'm Kelly. I was born and raised in Southern Illinois. I grew up in a military family and so have a sense of understanding of how community can help. I received my MSW in Social Work from SIU Edwardsville in 2013 and got my LCSW in 2017. I have worked with children in all different settings since 2014. The LGBTQ community has been a part of my practice, especially when working in the most rural of areas. I have helped children and adults with different diagnoses over the course of my career and continue growing in my knowledge of how to serve each individual.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

I tell everyone when we first start I am a very weird person. My main goal is to make each individual feel comfortable and safe, and that means helping you understand that it is okay to be you! We will have to do some paperwork so we have a direction of where we are going, but it can be done in a fun and relaxing kind of way.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

I will never judge you. Let me say that again. Whatever you say to me, I will not judge or be mad at you. I am here for you and work hard to earn your trust.

About Kelly Crooks

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Free consults, virtual

My treatment methods

Gender-affirming therapy

Safety and security are basic human rights everyone should receive. As a member of the LGBTQIA+, I think therapy should give a sense of community and a safe haven to talk about all our thoughts, ideas, and anxieties. In my sessions, I see the person for how they view themselves rather than what others say they see in you. I am here as a support throughout a person's journey in their discovery of who they are and who they want to become, without fear of judgment.


I use a variety of different techniques and cater to each individual's needs. Above all, the client is the leader in their personal journey and I am here to assist them along the path to their goal.