Kensington O.

M.S., LMFT

Compassionate, Present, and Supportive

“Kensington was intentional and warm, which is something we appreciate when it comes to letting someone in our personal life. Kensington asked us questions and provided feedback which was great as well.”
- Couples Therapy Client

Therapist Overview

Hello, I’m Kensington. I am a Colorado and Utah individual and couples therapist as well as a life and relationship coach. As a therapist and coach, I provide my clients with a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment where they can feel understood, gain insight, and create lasting change in the most meaningful parts of their lives. Here’s a little more about the services I provide and what you can expect when working with me.

Couples Therapy and Relationship Coaching:

I believe it is within the context of relationships that both tremendous pain and tremendous healing can occur. As a graduate of a Marriage and Family Therapy master’s program, working with couples to improve their relationships is my passion. Whether you are experiencing serious difficulties in your relationship or simply want to “fine-tune” some things, I can help you and your partner. I provide couples therapy in Utah and Colorado and relationship coaching throughout the United States and abroad.

I provide relationship counseling, relationship coaching, marriage counseling, and also premarital counseling. Some of the things I can help you and your partner with include increasing emotional safety and connection, improving communication, healing from past hurts, creating connection-building rituals, seeing yourselves as a team, and gaining clarity around the future of your relationship.

If you and your partner are therapy clients, I can also help you understand how to best support each other in the face of mental illness. When working toward these goals, I draw on evidence-based therapy models including Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method of couples counseling.

Family and Parent Coaching

In addition to my work with couples seeking to increase their sense of connection and satisfaction with their relationship, I am also available to help your family. I have experience providing parenting coaching and support to families wishing to improve their “parenting partnership” and working as a team for the wellbeing of their children. I also have experience working with single parents who are looking for parenting support.

Individual Life and Relationship Coaching:

I also provide individual coaching services to clients throughout the United States and internationally. As a coach, I can help you navigate major life transitions, improve your relationships, develop your identity, and create a meaningful life. I particularly enjoy helping my coaching clients recover from a difficult breakup or divorce and have extensive experience in this area.

Additionally, I have a deep understanding and appreciation for the complexities of faith and culture and can also assist you in your process of getting clarity about your spirituality and faith transitions.

I have led support groups for LGBT students and am happy to assist you in exploring sexuality and gender identity issues.

In my work as a life coach, I draw upon my therapy background as well as upon principles of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion.

Breakup Counseling and Coaching

Alongside my relationship coaching and therapy services, I also offer breakup recovery counseling and coaching and facilitate the Online Breakup Support Group here at Growing Self. I can help you sort through the complex emotions of healing after a breakup or divorce, navigate the stages of a breakup, or work through whether or not to get back together with your Ex.

The breakup recovery group is a safe space where people can connect with others going through a shared experience. In the outside world, we often have to numb our feelings in order to get through the day. This group, on the other hand, is a place where you can feel your emotions without judgement and get support from people who truly understand.

The online breakup recovery group will be a highly collaborative space where we address the topics that feel most relevant for you through a mix of education and group processing.

If you’d like to work with me one-on-one, I also offer online, private breakup recovery and divorce recovery sessions. Together, we will determine if breakup recovery coaching or if breakup recovery counseling is the right fit for you.

Learn more about the differences between therapy and coaching, and which approach is right for you.

Therapy Services for Individuals:

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate in the state of Colorado and a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Utah. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or another mental health condition, I can help you experience a reduction in your symptoms so that you can engage more fully in your life. I have received training in and have experience treating depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns using evidence-based techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness.

My individual therapy clients say that, after having worked with me, they have learned how to be kinder to and more accepting of themselves; gained insight about and awareness of their cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns and where these patterns stem from; found new and personalized ways to deal with their problems; formed healthy habits; and seen a reduction in their distressing symptoms.

About Me:

I received my M.S. in marriage and family therapy from Brigham Young University, where I wrote my thesis on the representation of minority groups within the marriage and family therapy academic literature.

While studying at BYU, in addition to doing therapy with couples, individuals, and families at a community clinic, I also led a therapy group for women healing from difficult breakups and divorces, a support group for LGBT students, and taught a parenting class to BYU faculty.

My clients have said that they appreciate my warm, caring, and authentic personality. My clients have also said that they appreciate my sense of humor and that I feel like a real person accompanying them on their path to healing rather than someone lecturing from afar. I strive to always show up for my clients in a supportive, non-judgmental, authentic manner. I care deeply about the experiences of minority groups and work to be a culturally competent and LGBTQ+ affirming practitioner.

I grew up in the Chicago area and have recently become semi-outdoorsy since moving out west. I now love hiking and visiting national parks with my partner. When I’m not working with clients, you can also find me playing board games, running, practicing yoga, and watching something new on Netflix.

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