Kali Funk, M.A.
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern #19176
Here at Gilstrap & Associates, we delight in featuring counselors from our Orlando office that have gone above and beyond, shown exceptional care and proven why they deserve this honor. We hope to give you an insight into their personal and professional lives by asking them a few quick questions, so you can see just why we're so proud of them.
Tell us a little about your education and professional counseling experience.
I received my Bachelors in Science from Florida State University (Go Noles!), along with my Masters in Mental Health Therapy from The University of Central Florida. I began working with Gilstrap & Associates as a student Counselor in 2018, and have had the privilege to continue on as a Registered Mental Health Counselor. I have been so blessed during my professional career to work along side such incredible people at Gilstrap & Associates who have challenged, encouraged and pushed me to be a better counselor and person. I look forward to seeing what the New Year will bring!
What would you consider your specialties in counseling?
I would consider my specialties to be with adolescents and young adults. I enjoy working with anxiety, self-esteem, life transitions, relationships, mental toughness and confidence building.
Why did you decide to become a counselor?
I have always had a passion for working with people. I find purpose in helping others live a meaningful life and navigating through the trials and difficulties in life. I love walking alongside people as they go from ordinary to extraordinary. I find great fulfillment in helping individuals deepen their engagement in work, family and in life.
What are the benefits of counseling?
Counseling provides a safe place for people to feel loved and heard. It gives you the opportunity to be fully seen, and loved for who you are. It strengths, challenges and grows people to navigate through ups and downs of life. Counseling helps unleash the creativity, capability and potential for human performance.
What do you like to do for fun when you’re not counseling?
I am a dog lover and sport fanatic. Fall consists of college football (GO NOLES), family and food. You can either catch me hanging out with my friends at happy hour or heading to my parents house for homemade pizza night. I am an avid traveler, who cannot get enough of new places, cultures and experiences. The next place on my bucket list is Ireland. I love anything having to do with the outdoors; hiking, sun bathing, fishing, swimming or running. Nothing is better than getting the heart pumping, and feeling the fresh air! My New Year's resolution for 2020, consists of training for my first marathon this June! (prayers appreciated haha). Above all, I love spending time with my family and friends, nothing beats quality time with the ones you love.