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.  About Alison at AK Counseling, Inc.

My areas of expertise include:

                                      marriage counseling   Personal, Professional, Romantic Relationships

                                      marriage counseling   Constructive Communication | Conflict Resolution

                                      marriage counseling   Pre-Marital | Marriage | Infidelity | LGBTQ-friendly

                                      marriage counseling    Self Discovery & Development | Life Transitions

                                     marriage counseling   Depression | Anxiety 


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. About Alison at AK Counseling, Inc.

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. About Alison at AK Counseling, Inc.

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! About Alison at AK Counseling, Inc.

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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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A sense of humor and laughter are very important parts of my life! Laughter brings levity and balance to my everyday and is also a great way to connect with others. Outside of my therapy practice I enjoy hot yoga, cooking anything I can put a healthy spin on, nature hikes, 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

My favorite cuisines are Mediterranean, Mexican, and Italian 

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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[Read about the profound change clients experience in their relationships]

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Alison Kilkelly - AK Counseling, Inc. - Therapy & Coaching for Couples & Adults | Madison, WI