Meet Ken Siegmann

 

I'm an optimist. I enjoy connecting with people. When I think about it, those are the characteristics that connect the various incarnations of my working life.

Before I became a therapist, I spent 20 years as a journalist - first as a radio news reporter in a small town and eventually at newspapers. Working in communications gave me the opportunity to connect with people and discover what’s important to them. Although I enjoyed feeling connected to my local community, I always wanted to work for a large news organization. Eventually, I was lucky enough to land at a major metropolitan newspaper.

It was exciting to work for a large newspaper in a big city, but the whole time I felt like something was missing, and I didn’t know what it was.

Then my life changed. Shortly after my father died, I went to a local volunteer grief counseling agency for help. A year later, my former counselor contacted me and told me the agency was hosting a volunteer training, and he invited me to join.

That experience changed everything.

Working and listening to people express their grief - holding a space for them to heal - was transformative.

Although journalism was always fun and interesting, it never felt like a calling. Counseling and helping people heal and make profound positive changes is my calling.

So, I quit the newspaper and went back to school to study psychology. I received Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA, where I also developed the core set of beliefs that define my work.

I believe we all have the capacity for healing, no matter how deep the grief or how difficult the pain. I believe we all instinctively move toward healing and wholeness. I’ve learned that sometimes we need help to fulfill the natural potential for healing and wholeness that we all possess.

After I received my masters, I worked with at-risk teens for a period. I’ve worked with adolescents in both residential and out-patient settings and have trained counselors in in-patient adolescent care. In addition, I have worked in child, adolescent and adult crisis intervention, assessing people for possible suicide risk or possible risk to others.

I trained for two years at the Giarretto Institute - a pioneering treatment program for families who have experienced sexual abuse. At Giarretto, I worked extensively with adult abuse survivors, teen sex offenders, as well as non-offending parents in families where there had been child abuse.

I have also worked as a hospice counselor, where I supported people as they grieved the loss of a loved one, either recent or impending and worked with people coping with terminal illness.

I have a lot of experience working with the courts, Department of Probation, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Children and Family Services and Child Protective Services. I'm available to see court-ordered clients and others involved with those agencies.

I am a Certified Process Therapist by the Process Therapy Institute in Los Gatos, CA, and I am certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.

My work focuses on optimism and connecting with people. In my non-professional life, I’m an avid record collector. I’m a big jazz fan, though I like lots of different types of music. I’m somewhat of a psych nerd, so I love to read about the latest studies and innovations in the field. I also love to read and write poetry. My first published poem was about living in a house with stacks of books. I’m a prankster - my favorite holiday is April Fools' Day, and the best thing about Halloween is that I get to answer the door wearing my gorilla head. Yes, I own a gorilla mask.

Both personally and professionally, my life centers on connecting with people and discovering opportunities for optimism. Since I’ve been a counselor, I’ve had the honor of helping people process their deepest pain and grief and discover their strength, wisdom and resilience. In the years that I've practiced psychotherapy, I've seen people undergo miraculous transformations. Even when people can’t imagine what it’s like to feel whole and healed, I have been able to hold that vision for them until they can hold it for themselves. I consider myself lucky to be able to do this work. If I hit the lottery tomorrow, I’d upgrade my office, get a room with a sky light. The people I work with are a never-ending source of inspiration in my life. I look forward to having the opportunity to connect with you.


About Ken Siegmann

Ken Siegmann is a certified process and crisis intervention therapist with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He has specialized training in sexual abuse counseling from the Giarretto Institute. He has worked as a hospice counselor and has experience working with the Department of Probation, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Children and Family Services and Child Protective Services. He’s available to see court-ordered clients and others involved with those agencies. He specializes in addiction counseling, trauma counseling and grief counseling. His practice is located in Jeffersonville near New Albany, Clarksville, Floyds Knobs, Sellersburg and Louisville.