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Graduate Intern
Ken Kirk, M.S.

I am entering my third year in Eastern Mennonite University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program and will graduate in May 2025. I am currently completing my clinical internship and am excited to join Aram Counseling & Wellness Center’s eclectic team.

I earned my bachelor’s degree from George Mason University (2004) and a master’s degree in English from Radford University (2007), where I completed a two-year teaching fellowship. I began a 15-year career as an English professor, teaching everything from World Literature and Creative Writing to Technical Writing. In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything irrevocably, and my students, friends, and family began sharing their struggles with me about adjusting to this new normal. I soon realized I wanted to offer them more than a tender ear—I desired to join them on their unique healing journeys and help guide them with skill and intention through their difficulties, offering compassion, patience, and acceptance every step of the way.

Though early in my professional journey, I have had the opportunity to counsel and support a variety of clients of all ages, each with unique strengths and struggles, from anxiety and depression to relational challenges and addiction. I use an integrated approach centered on attachment theory, individual and family trauma, and person-centered therapy, which allows me to meet each client where they are.

I believe that the deepest human need is to be known and loved. Often, our adverse life experiences cause fear, anger, and confusion, which keep us from the very thing that will heal us: true connection with ourselves and one another. My goal is to provide you with a safe, supportive space to identify what is in the way of your growth toward becoming the person you desire to be and working together to overcome these hurdles. No matter why you are seeking help, I admire your courage in considering this journey. Whether you are struggling with your mental health, wondering why you continue to make harmful choices, or seeking change in your relationships, I am here to help you.

Outside of my counseling work, I enjoy reading fiction, running, and visiting national parks. I treasure time with my wife and two hound dogs. I am always on the lookout for creative wisdom from artists, poets, and healers throughout the ages to guide me in my personal journey and offer to my clients as they embark on theirs.


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