About Dr. Connolly
Dr. Connolly is a licensed as a professional counselor supervisor (LPCS) and has national certifications in counseling and supervision (National Board for Certified Counselors, Approved Clinical Supervisor). Her career in psychology, mental health, and counseling has spanned over 25 years.
Her approach to counseling is influenced by cognitive, emotion-focused, and psychodynamic theories with an emphasis on mindfulness. She believes that good outcomes can be achieved in a meaningful therapeutic alliance that is conducive to challenging, supporting, and healing.
In addition to her work as a professional counselor, her university teaching experience dates back to 2000 when she began teaching Ethics & Professional Issues in Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She taught practicum and internship classes there, providing clinical supervision and instruction to masters and doctoral students for fourteen years.
In 2011, Dr. Connolly joined the faculty in the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte as an adjunct professor. Currently, she teaches Introduction to Coaching Theories and Application, Advanced Coaching Theories and Application, and Applied Assessments & Measurement.
Dr. Connolly’s approach to executive coaching is informed by positive psychology, cognitive and psychodynamic theories, as well as an interest in emotional intelligence, particularly as it relates to leadership. She currently works with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and often seeks out to employ psychometric assessments in her consulting and coaching engagements. Those engagements have been in a variety of industries including manufacturing, engineering, human services, and small business.
- Ph.D. Counseling and Counselor Education; University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2000
- M.A. Human Services and Counseling; DePaul University, 1996
- B.A. Psychology; Loyola University Chicago, 1992
- Connolly, K.M. (2019). Coaching and Providing Feedback for Improved Performance. In de Janasz S., Dowd, K., & Schneider, B (Eds). Interpersonal Skills in Organizations 6th Edition. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
- Connolly, K.M. (2012) Using a Narrative Approach to Facilitate Career Transition. Career Developments. Summer 2012.
- Connolly, K.M. (2008). Empowering the client. Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 36(2), 191-192.
- Connolly, K.M. (2008). Exploring an Underlying Discourse: The Mattering Narrative. Career Developments. Winter 2008
- Connolly, K.M. (2005). Wellness counseling in business and industry. In J.E. Myers and T.J. Sweeney (Eds.) Counseling for Wellness. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
- Connolly, K.M. & Myers, J.E. (2003). Wellness and mattering: The role of holistic factors in job satisfaction. Journal of Employment Counseling, 40, 152-160.
- Connolly, K.M. (2002) Work: Meaning, mattering, & job satisfaction. In D. Sandhu (Ed.), Counseling the employees: A multifaceted approach. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
- Connolly, K.M. (2002). Do You Feel That You Matter? American Counseling Association: Counseling Corner.
- Connolly, K.M. (2002). Understanding the Benefits of Clinical Hypnosis. American Counseling Association: Counseling Corner.