About

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Alison Kilkelly, LCSW – Licensed Therapist for Couples & Adults

Professionally…

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, Imago, Emotion Focused, 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
  • LGBTQ

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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. My last year of undergraduate studies I completed two voluntary semesters to engage solely in upper-level psychology coursework, and graduated in 2004. To get more life and business experience I pursued my secondary career interest in 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 to 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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Personally…

Outside of my therapy practice I enjoy hot yoga, fitness training, tennis, hiking, kayaking, biking, downhill skiing, golf, live music, cooking, 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: I’ve been surfing multiple times and really love it; paragliding in the Swiss Alps was incredibly picturesque and thrilling (despite my fear of heights); if my cuisine was forever limited I could happily live on Italian or Mexican dishes; parasailing in Jamaica was beautiful but terrifying (because of my fear of heights); I’m a master jump roper; my favorite color is yellow; my birthday is the day after Independence Day and throughout childhood I was convinced that the firework displays were in my honor.

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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