Karson S. Kinikini, CMHC

K2 Counseling & Consulting, LLC

Adults, Adolescents and Children (age 7+): Academic Performance, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Loss, Motivation, OCD, Parent/Child Conflict, PTSD, Sexual Addictions, Substance Abuse
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Karson completed his bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Utah, also earning an associate's degree in Biology. He completed two master’s programs at the University of Phoenix—first, in Educational Counseling, then in Mental Health Counseling.

Karson began working in the mental health field in 1993. He worked with residential treatment programs for youth while pursing his first years of undergraduate work. Experiences there motivated him towards a career in therapy. Through the remainder of his undergraduate career and throughout his graduate program, Karson worked with children and adolescents in the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). Upon completion of his Master’s degrees, he interned at LDS Family Services and as an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) provider for a large telecommunications company. Karson has also worked as a college counselor and for six years provided consultative services for the local school district’s early childhood program. He began working in private practice in 2009 and loves the freedom it allows, as well as the personalized commitment to clients it requires.

Karson specializes in work with children, adolescents and adults. He sees a variety of clients with needs ranging from depression and anxiety to sexual and other behavioral addictions. Karson also enjoys working with ADD/ADHD, Perfectionism, Anger/Emotion Management, Self-Worth, Abuse and Trauma Victims, Substance Abuse and spouses of those struggling with addictions.

Karson is happily married and has four wonderful children. He loves variety! Karson miraculously survived a 150 ft fall while rappelling. He is glad that he did; a lot of wonderful things have happened since. Kinikini is a Tongan last name; Karson is half Tongan. He is an avid runner and enjoys distance runs of 4 to 18 miles. Karson enjoys playing sports, but not watching them. He loves music and has very eclectic tastes from Due West to Metallica to Tori Amos to The Postal Service. Although fairly well adapted to city life, Karson comes from a rural part of Southern Utah where he grew up hiking, caring for an orchard, and shooting guns in his backyard. He loves the open spaces of the West, and still has a free spirit, as evidenced by his frequent wearing of flip-flops and jeans to work.

Karson accepts self pay and clergy-assisted payment, along with the following insurances:

• Aetna
• Altius
• Beech Street
• Blue Cross Blue Shield
• Health Utah
• Select Health (Care, Choice, Med plans)
• UNI-Behavioral Health Network
• Value Options
• Wise Network

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At the core of my treatment philosophy is the recognition of the power of agency and individuals’ ability to create amazing changes and improvements in their lives. I fully subscribe to Aspire’s theme, 'Counseling with an unwavering belief in people.' I see my role, therefore, as providing clients with the tools that they have been lacking, and teaching them how to use these tools.

The specific techniques and treatment modalities that I utilize to achieve treatment goals can vary by case and circumstance. Some of these approaches include Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Play Therapy, Family Systems Theory, and Solution Focused Therapy. I also have my own blend of therapeutic approaches: Analogous Comparison Insight Development (ACID) Therapy, and Fun Attention Retentive Therapy (FART). (Yes, I have a sense of humor, although it sometimes reverts back to 3rd grade humor.)

I believe therapy should be focused on gaining deep and life changing insights. It should also be fun, challenging, and rewarding. I want my clients to be excited about therapy. I also believe that therapy should be focused on the goal of terminating therapy. I want clients to come to therapy, gain the needed skills, learn to apply them, and then to discontinue therapy because they don’t need it any longer because they are too busy fully living life. If at some point in the future a client needs to return for more tools, they can do so, but I want them to gain a confidence and understanding that when they have the needed tools, they can solve their own problems.