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Kevin Farrell, LCSW

Addictions LGBTQ+ Self esteem, Motivation Coping with life changes
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About me

My name is Kevin Farrell and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California (#22616). I have almost 20 years experience as a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. I previously had a successful career in media and in my mid-30s I returned to school to obtain a Masters Degree in Social Work in order to find a more rewarding career path for myself. As a Psychotherapist, I have worked with a wide variety of adults and I use a range of therapeutic tools. I view therapy as a partnership and for me the most important aspect of therapy is the therapeutic alliance, which refers to the quality and strength of the collaborative relationship between client and therapist. This is strongest when there is agreement on goals and objectives. I work closely with each client to establish goals and achieve a strong alliance built on mutual trust.

I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy with reliance on core theoretical concepts from Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Existential Therapy, among others. I tend to emphasize solution-focused strategies that assist a client in understanding themselves, improving their problem-solving/coping techniques, and building resiliency for future challenges. I seek ongoing feedback and collaboration with clients to evaluate and improve a client's experience in therapy.

I have been told that my non-judgmental style engages people and they find me respectful, sincere, and easy to relate to. My primary goal with clients is to successfully address a client's challenges in order to improve overall quality of life.

Professional experience

20yrs in practice
Addictions LGBTQ+ Self esteem, Motivation Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Commitment Issues, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Mood disorders , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

Services offered

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License information

CA LCSW 22616

CT LCSW 13583



These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Kevin Farrell. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Kevin is a delight to work with. He is an excellent listener and is highly skilled at his job. Kevin assists me in realizing the things I need to and helps me to think more healthily about what is happening in my life. He makes me feel heard and helps me understand myself better than ever before. It is an honor to have Kevin as my therapist.

Written on May 04, 2024 after therapy with Kevin for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Amazing therapist. Lucky to have him as my clinician

Written on Mar 12, 2024 after therapy with Kevin for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Kevin is the kind of guy who should have a famous book.

He carries the earnestness, depth, and wisdom of someone who has seen the worst, along with the sweetness, humor, and strength of someone who's decided not only to forge ahead but to make it count.

He's sensitive, passionate about his work, and effortlessly cool. More than once he's changed my life with a turn of phrase.

The 35+ sessions I've been lucky enough to have with Kevin have become foundational to the rest of my life. He helped me not only through a crisis, but also to get to the core forces of my identity, and to bring a better self to the people around me.

Written on Jan 24, 2024 after therapy with Kevin for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, and compassion fatigue

At the time of writing this review Kevin has been my therapist for 16 months, nearly a year and a half. Better-help was my first experience with therapy. I am very grateful for Kevin's insight and guidance. He is a fantastic listener and offers perspective in the most respectful ways. Not only do I enjoy casual chats with Kevin but I hold his professional expertise in the highest regard. He always makes a point keep me on track with my therapy goals, and feels more like a close friend offering everyday tools for the challenges of life. He is never late to appointment times and always responds promptly to messages. I'm thankful to have found a therapist like Kevin.

Written on Jan 26, 2023 after therapy with Kevin for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

I have been working with Kevin for the past year. In that time we have been able to tap into some core infrastructural familial issues I face. Having begun these sessions outside of a crisis time, Kevin an I are able to explore, with minimal anxiety and judgment, the many aspects of my emotional history and ways I relate to individuals in my life from a more objective manner. Kevin has provided a powerful third party outlook, kind understanding and has a keen perception that prompts thoughtful questions to further our work together. I highly recommend Kevin as a therapist for folks looking to tackle overarching themes in their lives or facing nuanced crisis. He is especially understanding and can relate deeply to those who identify as or are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Written on Dec 02, 2022 after therapy with Kevin for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I have only been seeing Kevin for a short time at this point in my therapy journey with betterhelp, but I can say that he is a great therapist. He is empathetic, kind, and has been a good sounding board for the issues I am wanting to work on. He listens without judgement and offers insights that are helpful in my processing and coping mechanisms. I highly recommend Kevin Farrell as a therapist to anyone, but especially older gay men like myself.

Written on Jul 21, 2022 after therapy with Kevin for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem