Kirk earned his bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the University of Utah, and later attended the University of Maryland for his master’s degree in family studies: marriage and family therapy. While completing his schooling, he worked as a psychiatric technician in hospitals specializing in psychiatric care and support for adolescents and adults. He has also worked as a therapist in several residential, inpatient, and outpatient therapy environments, through which he developed a love for relational and systemic models of therapy. He was the founder and CEO of Amber Creek Family Counseling & Psychiatry in Sandy, Utah, where he focused his therapeutic work on healing and enhancing marital and family relationship, addressing attachment issues, depression and anxiety, addiction recovery, and healing emotional wounds.
Kirk was drawn to New Haven’s therapeutic model and its focus on systemic, holistic methods of healing. In both outpatient and residential settings, Kirk has found that the most effective change comes when both the individual and his or her relationships are addressed in the therapeutic process–a belief that drives the New Haven model. Kirk enjoys educating others and has taught classes on communication and relational connection to various groups and corporations. He has also given presentations on marital and family topics at conferences and via media outlets including radio, podcasts, and television appearances.
When he’s not working, Kirk most enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children. He is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for fly-fishing and the Oregon coast.