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 and experience includes (but is not limited to) the utilization 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 (but are not limited to):
- Relationships | Communication | Conflict Resolution
- Pre-Marital | Marriage | 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 connecting with others. Outside of my therapy practice I enjoy hot yoga, being creative intellectually and materially with others, cooking (nearly anything; but I don’t bake), nature hikes and kayaking (very therapeutic), fitness training, biking (to enjoy the scenery, not competitively), 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 my cuisine was forever limited and I had a say in it, I would choose Mediterranean (then Mexican, then Italian); I’m a master jump roper (hahaha); my favorite color is yellow; my birthday is the day after Independence Day and as a child I believed that the firework displays were (in part) a celebration of my birthday.
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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