Kevin O’Keefe, Ph.D.

KevinKevin O’Keefe, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Kevin O’Keefe provides solutions to families and individuals who need assistance.

Through therapy and psychological testing, Dr. O’Keefe plays a key role in providing a successful path for individuals who are in the process of seeking help.

Dr. O’Keefe is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Roosevelt University, a private school in downtown Chicago.

Dr. O’Keefe is able to provide testing in various settings all across the United States, including academic settings, clinics, eating disorder programs, family homes, hospitals, juvenile systems, law offices, prison systems, university counseling centers, wilderness therapy and in a private practice setting. Dr. O’Keefe is a well-rounded clinician.

Psychological Testing

Psychological evaluations consist of a battery of standardized psychological tests, interviews, third party background information, and reviews of records.

This provides a psychologist with information about a person’s level of functioning.

Dr. O’Keefe offers some of the best psychological assessments which evaluate intellectual, academic, learning difficulties, neuropsychological, behavioral, emotional, and social issues.

Intellectual, academic, and neuropsychological testing look at a person’s potential to understand and apply new information. This aids in understanding what a person is capable of cognitively and whether there are any learning issues. Testing provides insight into any learning disorders, AD/HD, or emotional problems which are contributing to difficulties in school performance.

Emotional and personality testing measure how the person is functioning on an emotional level. The battery of tests Dr. O’Keefe uses look at all issues across the mental health spectrum. For example, you may have an individual who is presenting with oppositional or angry behavior. The testing can aid in understanding which emotional factors are leading to these kinds of behaviors. Often people who are acting out with oppositional behaviors are actually depressed and are acting out because they do not understand why they are feeling bad.

Personality testing can also give information into how the individual relates to others, how they view the world, and what general expectations they may have of the world.

Dr. O’Keefe believes the true value of psychological testing is to provide a tool for aiding with developing a treatment plan. Testing will provide diagnoses in order to fully understand the needs of the person, as well as an understanding of their internal process which is not typically apparent on the outside.

A full assessment can help the treatment team understand the level of care an individual needs in order to move the process along faster.

A full battery of psychological testing can be useful in determining difficulties such as the following:

  • Academic Skills (Reading, Writing, Arithmetic)
  • AD/HD
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Executive Functioning
  • Impulse Control
  • Language Processing
  • Learning disorders
  • Manipulative behaviors
  • Mental Retardation
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic and Phobic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Social Issues
  • Substance Abuse/Dependence
  • Thought Disorders
  • Violence Risk Assessment

 

While in a hospital system, Kevin was a crisis worker, performed family therapy, and ran groups. He worked in the juvenile justice system providing therapy, and also performed psychological assessments for the courts. Dr. O’Keefe has also worked in a group practice where he provided in-home therapy for clients who were involved with DCFS. During that time, he worked with families in order to train parents on improving their parenting techniques and aiding children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. He also worked on a research project at the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago. Kevin was working with gay men to help determine if counseling decreased HIV infection. Kevin worked a college counseling center, where he performed individual, group, and couples counseling with students.

During that time, he also worked with athletes in the sport psychology program aiding athletes with improving their performance in their respective sports.

As the first therapist for Second Nature Entrada Wilderness Program, Dr. O’Keefe was instrumental in developing the over-18 program for Second Nature.

During that time, he was working as a primary therapist.

Dr. O’Keefe loves his work and particularly enjoys connecting with individuals and helping them in their growth. Kevin’s strength is developing connections with those he works with which allow for healthy and trusting relationships.

Kevin grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, where he played on the hockey team.

He currently mountain bikes any chance he gets and enjoys hiking and spending time in the mountains with his two dogs.

Dr. O’Keefe has been married for over 10 years and has 2 young boys.

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To schedule testing please call Doré E. Frances, PhD. at 303-448-8803 or email dore@dorefrances.com