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Dr. Aaron Kindsvatter, a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist.

Hello, I am so glad that you have found your way to my website.  Welcome.

My name is Aaron Kindsvatter.  I have been working in mental health since 1995.  I spent part of my career as a tenured professor of Counselor Education, training and supervising new psychotherapists and doing research in psychotherapy.  Now, I have returned to private practice.

The range of issues for which people seek therapy for is wide.  That said, I think if one were to describe the common denominator of therapeutic change it would be revealed as the search for truth.  The truth of who you are or who you want to be.  The truth of what is actually going on in your relationships and why.  The truth of reality brought to bear in the face of some feared reality.  The truths involved in the process of acceptance.

In the therapy that I provide, I endeavor to help people find these truths, and I walk beside them as they do.  I provide an objective eye and an informed voice in assisting you in your endeavors to live in a more comfortable and secure manner.

The therapy that I provide is depth-oriented, informed, intentional, direct, down-to-earth, and compassionate.  We go at your pace.  Many who come to therapy feel that they are the “only one” to be experience difficulties associated with sex, depression, anxiety, trauma, or relationship turmoil.  You are not the only one to experience these difficulties, and you are welcome in my practice.

Below, you can explore some of the articles I and my colleagues have written about psychotherapy.  

If you think I can help you, please schedule a consultation.


The impact of early life stress on the neurodevelopment of the stress response system

Aaron Kindsvatter, Anne Geroski

The development of the fear response circuitry of the brain: A neurodevelopmental case for family counseling

Aaron Kindsvatter, Justin Russotti, and Matt Tansey

Using creative techniques with children who have experienced trauma

Kimberly J. Desmond, Aaron Kindsvatter, Stephanie Stahl & Hillary Smith

Attachment disorganization in childhood

Aaron Kindsvatter and Matthew Tansey

Treating infidelity: Considering narratives of attachment

Jill D. Duba, Aaron Kindsvatter, and Tracy Lara

Client perceptions of pretreatment change

Aaron Kindsvatter, Cynthia J. Osborn, Donald Bubenzer, Jill D. Duba

Addressing parent–child conflict: Attachment‐based interventions with parents

Aaron Kindsvatter and Kimberly J. Desmond

A structural approach to assisting families recovering from job loss

Tracy Lara and Aaron Kindsvatter

The facilitation and maintenance of the therapeutic alliance in family therapy

Aaron Kindsvatter and Tracy M. Lara

Deconstructing the mirror's refection: Narrative therapy groups for women dissatisfied with their body

Jill D. Duba, Aaron Kindsvatter, and Constance J. Priddy

Suicidal clients and supervisees: A model for considering supervisor roles

Jason M. McGlothlin, Steve Rainey, and Aaron Kindsvatter

A problem-based approach to skill acquisition and cognitive complexity with pre-practicum supervisees

Aaron Kindsvatter and Kimberly J. Desmond

Cognitive techniques as a means for facilitating supervisee development

Aaron Kindsvatter, Darcy Haag Granello, and Jill D. Duba

An invitation to between-session change: The use of therapeutic letters in couples and family counseling

Aaron Kindsvatter, Jill R. Nelson, and Kimberly J. Desmond

Moral foundations theory and its implications for counseling

Matthew Tansey and Aaron Kindsvatter

Treatment planning as collaborative care map construction: Reframing clinical practice to promote client involvement

Cynthia J. Osborn, John D. West, Aaron Kindsvatter, and Susan B. Paez

The use of therapeutic letters in addressing parent–child attachment problems

Aaron Kindsvatter, Kimberly Desmond, Alexandra Yanikoski, and Stephanie Stahl