UB Therapist Spotlight: Kevin Newhall
Kevin Newhall is a Licensed Social Worker offering individual and couples therapy. He has experience in treating mood disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grief and loss, and relationship issues. Kevin tailors his approach according to the needs and strengths of the client, combining psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral theories. He provides an attentive, honest, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment where clients can increase insight and explore desired change. He is also experienced in the use of expressive arts, mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help individuals discover more effective ways to utilize emotions and be in relationship with others. He specializes in affirmative treatment of LGBTQ clients and is comfortable with diverse expressions of sexuality and relationships. Kevin received his Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and has nine years of experience working in a variety of residential, hospital, and community mental health settings.
What self care techniques or activities do you do?
I play the piano, write songs, and sing.
What made you become a therapist?
I started out just wanting to change my relationship with art-making from something I did for self expression to something I could use to help others. I began doing art groups at a community mental health center, but quickly realized that I was actually more excited and interested in counseling.
What are your specialties?
The use of expressive arts in therapy, mindfulness, DBT. LGBTQ issues and couples counseling.
Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
We live in a complicated world and we are faced with a lot of unique challenges. It’s normal to need some help in order to know ourselves, what we believe, how we feel, and what we want. I know I’ve benefited from counseling during difficult times, and I’ve seen how it’s helped many others make positive changes in their lives.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
We all need and deserve to feel understood, accepted and have our experience validated without judgement.