About Me

Keith Wilson

I’m a licensed mental health counselor and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor in New York State, with more than 30 years experience, but you should know that’s not all that I have done.

I moved to Western New York State when I was 19. I built a house, farmed, and started a small lumber company.

When I got tired of making little pieces of wood out of big pieces of wood, I went to Empire State College and got a degree in psychology. I interned at a Veteran’s Administration chemical dependency unit. My first job was working with troubled adolescents in a group home. I was an employment counselor for a while, took calls on a crisis line, facilitated group therapy for male sex offenders, and was employed as a therapist at a program for people with severe mental illnesses.

I completed a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on counseling from Alfred University.

For twenty years, I provided psychotherapy in a community mental health center in Rochester, NY, known first as Depaul, then St Mary’s, then Unity, and now, Rochester Regional.

I studied at the Family Therapy Institute at the University of Rochester, and completed a certification program in drug and alcohol counseling associated with SUNY Brockport.

I was one of a small group of people who developed one of the earliest programs to integrate mental health and chemical addiction (MICA or Dual Disorders) treatment. I have given talks and lectures in the community on the topic. I also worked at bringing tobacco counseling to mental health and substance abuse treatment.

I’ve done a lot of writing about ways to improve your relationships and become the person you would like to be. My newest book is The Road to Reconciliation: A Comprehensive Guide to Peace When Relationships Go Bad, and I recently published a workbook connected to it titled, How to Make an Apology You’ll Never Have to Make Again. An earlier self-help book was Constructive Conflict: Building Something Good Out of All Those Arguments.

I’ve also written two novels, Intersections and Fate’s Janitors: Mopping Up Madness at a Mental Health Clinic.

I also have a blog you can find on this website. In it, I’m currently working on two series, The Reflective Eclectic and A Field Guide to Feelings, as well as occasionally re-posting old favorites, called the Old Posts series.

And I’ve raised a family of four children.

In 2010 I resigned from my job at the community mental health clinic to start a private practice.

I provide free counseling for Spiritus Christi Mental Health Clinic.



4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. . says:

    I will contact you if I get the courage to come out of my shell of denial. My husband is narcisstic , cruely so .
    First wife left & committed suicide 4 mo, later. Second wife moved out when he was at work to a safe
    house she had set up. I’m 3 & think he is availing himself of opportunities to poison me, Not because he
    wants to kill me….he needs to see what he can get away with. People know me as a “{strong) personality.
    I went to Alfred U. many many many years ago.

  2. georgiakevin says:

    As someone who has seen therapists and need to again if i can find a therapist who i am comfortable with , you seem to be kind, caring and one who could be of great help to people who cannot handle life without support. I am impressed.

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