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Kevin West, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Depression
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About me

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver in 1995 with a master’s degree in counseling psychology/counseling education. Since then, I have amassed 26 years of experience seeing clients in a variety of settings. I have worked with high school students on their personal and professional development. At universities, I led workshops for non-traditional (older) students. I have developed teambuilding workshops for companies and provided career counseling for individuals. I have been invited to present personality type workshops to various community groups. I have worked for agencies and in private practice. More recently, I have worked with client’s in their homes, addressing the gamut of personal issues a person can face: depression, anxiety, grief/loss, anger issues, premarital/marital issues, suicide, addictions in the family, low self-esteem, family of origin issues, and others. I am currently licensed in the state of Oklahoma
Early in my education, I was encouraged to develop my own style of counseling, and that is what I have done. I have many different theoretical techniques in my “counseling toolbox”: cognitive/thought oriented, behavioral oriented, past/present/and future oriented. I steer clear of typical “psychobabble,” but I am fond of a good analogy.
I like to use humor, and I believe that we all can laugh at ourselves if we feel secure enough. Knowing that we are loved in spite of (or maybe even because of) our flaws can be quite encouraging. I will accept you, and your issues, because I know I have my share. In fact, I was once told that the difference between a therapist and a client is that a therapist is further along in sorting out their issues.
The counseling setting for me can be similar to the old joke where a man loses his wallet on a dark street. Another man sees the first one searching around under a streetlight and asks if he can be of assistance. The first man explains that he has lost his wallet and would welcome any assistance. The two men comb the area thoroughly, looking everywhere to no avail. Finally the second man says to the first, “Are you sure you lost it here?” To which the first man replies, “No, I lost it down in that dark alley.” The second man says, “Well, Why are we looking here?!” The first man says, “Because the light is better here.”
A good therapist can be a flashlight - helping you explore the darker areas of your life. But, don’t worry, we won’t go until you are ready.
I look forward to searching with you.

Professional experience

26yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

OK LPC LPC04473

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Kevin West. 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.

He’s very helpful.

Written on Jun 10, 2024 after therapy with Kevin for 4 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

He is a great, knowledgeable and compassionate man who truly cares about his clients!

Written on Apr 12, 2024 after therapy with Kevin for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and anger management

He actively listens and tries to explain the ways to cope by giving me new advice that I haven’t heard before and I have heard a lot of ideas through out my journey into therapy

Written on Feb 27, 2024 after therapy with Kevin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and

He is very understanding and non judgmental. He helps break down the issue and figure out what I need to do to get better.

Written on Feb 07, 2024 after therapy with Kevin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Kevin shows a genuine concern and respect for me in all correspondence and meeting times. I appreciate the feedback.

Written on Jan 11, 2024 after therapy with Kevin for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Kevin is great. In the time we have been conducting sessions he has given me tools to be successful with my goals. He uses what motivates you to set that. He speaks to me on a level that I need.

Written on Jan 10, 2024 after therapy with Kevin for 4 weeks on issues concerning addictions