Alison Kilkelly, LCSW – Licensed Therapist for Couples & Adults


Before I began my own practice to focus on work with couples and adults I had extensive therapeutic training with a wide variety of individuals who face mental health challenges including: families in crisis, developmental impairments, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, trauma, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, marital conflict, sexual challenges, infidelity, and non-traditional relationships. My training included (but was not limited to) the implementation of a variety of therapeutic models: Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, Solutions Focused, Emotionally Focused, Imago, Mindfulness, Exposure, and Internal Family Systems.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Relationships | Communication | Conflict Resolution
  • Pre-Marital | Marriage | Separation | Divorce
  • Depression | Anxiety | Obsessive Thoughts | Compulsive Behavior
  • Life Coaching | Self Discovery & Development | Transitions
  • Non-Traditional Relationships | Blended Families
  • Infidelity | Sexual Challenges


By the time I was a junior in high school I knew that providing therapy was my dream career because of my genuine passion for ‘all things psychology’. I displayed a strong therapeutic skill set from an early age and became the go-to person for friends and classmates in distress.

The first step toward pursuing this career was earning my BA in Psychology at UW-Madison. I was offered and enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to enroll in an extra academic year of upper-level psychology coursework (just for fun!), before earning my degree in 2004. To get more life and business experience I pursued my secondary career interest: marketing. After enjoying an eight-year career in advertising sales it was time to pursue my passion – psychotherapy – and I enrolled in a clinical master’s program at UW-Madison. 

In 2011 I began volunteering my time on a weekly basis with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) to assist Madison-area residents who are victims of physical, verbal, mental, emotional, and financial abuse. One-on-one meetings with these individuals provides support, resources, and education to aid in their safety and ultimately improve their quality of life.

I am a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Dane County chapter as well as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Wisconsin chapter. I attend many different professional networking events and enjoy meeting new people!

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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Laughter is a very important part of my life! It brings levity and balance to daily living and a connection to others. Outside of my therapy practice I enjoy hot yoga, being creative, cooking anything I can put a healthy spin on, nature hikes and kayaking, fitness training, biking to enjoy scenery, live music, golf, new experiences, and travel. I have a very sweet black cat named Nacho who never stops purring and provides a great deal of entertainment! 

Other fun facts:

Despite growing up in the Midwest I’ve been surfing multiple times and love it

Paragliding in the Swiss Alps was incredibly picturesque and thrilling despite my fear of heights

If I had to pick one type of cuisine to live off of I would choose Mediterranean, Mexican, or Italian (in that order)

I’m a master jump roper

My favorite colors are yellow, orange, and red

My birthday is the day after Independence Day and as a child I believed the firework displays were part of my birthday celebration

I sincerely enjoy meeting new people and I’m the opposite of intimidating. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask! 

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