Aaron D. Kirkwood, LAMFT

Aaron D Kirkwood• Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Georgia, 2011
• Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, Northcentral University, 2016
• Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy, in progress

My work with clients is informed by the narrative model of therapy which emphasizes collaboration and mutual respect. This model is born out of a worldview that begins from a belief in equality and social justice and these are important ideas that drive my work. I believe that clients bring with them to therapy all of the knowledge and skills to solve their problems and my job, as a consultant in their journey, is to assist in making room for possibilities and perceptions that are blocked by problems. By naming the problem and understanding that it is separate from the individual or the relationship we can begin to break down the steps that will move clients away from the problem and towards living the life that they truly want to live. When we deconstruct problems in this way it is analogous to breaking up a huge boulder that sits in the middle of the path of your preferred life. Once the boulder (the problem) is broken down into smaller, gravel size pieces it becomes much easier to see a way around or through the problem. You might simplify this by saying people feel stuck either in their lives or their relationships and I help them get unstuck.

I believe that therapy is ultimately about hope and no matter what has happened in a person’s past, no matter how dysfunctional their relationships currently are, that there is always hope. I love the analogy of our lives as a story and the chapter entitled “Tomorrow” hasn’t been written yet. As I see it, therapy can help clients realize that they are the authors of their own story and therefore they get to decide how the next chapter turns out.

While the foundation of my work is in narrative therapy I am also familiar with and make use of ideas from solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), Gottman theory, and emotionally focused therapy.

I work with individuals, couples, and families of all backgrounds including LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families. It is always a privilege for me to meet with clients whose life experiences differ from my own and to be allowed to get to know the world through their eyes.

I see clients for evening and weekend appointments and offer reduced fee services for clients who cannot comfortably afford to pay full fee for services. I also offer premarital counseling which may qualify couples for a discounted, and in some cases, free marriage license in the state of Georgia.

Aaron is seeing clients in the Athens location.

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