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.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coaching, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Cancer, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Commitment Issues, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, 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, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 22616
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
Kevin has without a doubt completely restored my faith in therapy (and possibly humanity) and has already transformed my life for the better, his professionalism and expertise is second to none, he frequently challenges my thinking and thought process and regularly provides me with a safe space to delve into the more deeper recesses of my mind to discuss difficult topics/experiences and I feel consistently seen & heard. Often I find myself leaving each session a little more happier, healthier and above all a more realised and understood version of myself with a bit more mental fortitude.
Written on Jun 22, 2022 after therapy with Kevin for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Im very pleased with my experience with Kevin
Written on Jun 01, 2022 after therapy with Kevin for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
Working with Kevin has been a great pleasure.
He is attentive, open-minded, and has offered me a great deal of encouragement and problem-solving techniques to help me deal with the problems I was facing.
With his help I was able to tackle a difficult situation I was facing, and the outcome helped me reduce a lot of stress and anxiety.
Written on Apr 27, 2022 after therapy with Kevin for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching