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An Interview with Noel Koons – Ep 472

Dr. Reedy welcomes Evoke Intensives therapist Noel Koons to the broadcast. Noel covers topics that ranger from Taoism to mindfulness to Fining Nemo as he explains how he helps clients move through difficult and painful emotions to find themselves and heal.


I bring a curious, non-judgemental approach to my work while utilizing: mindfulness, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, 7 Challenges, Positive Psychology, CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Internal Family Systems, and Attachment Theory.

-Noel Koons, Volition Counseling

Noel Koons, CMHC

I am an experienced and empathetic Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I’ve worked doing one-on-one therapy, couples counseling, as well as working with struggling adolescents and families in wilderness therapy, therapeutic boarding school, and residential treatment settings. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I love working with adults, teens, and families. Inspiring effort and transformations are what continually draw me to this work. I’m passionate about assisting people in their healing and growth.

Therapeutic Approaches & Specialties

Mindfulness Meditation

“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

“EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma… Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.”


DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a modified type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others.


ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. With this understanding, clients begin to accept their hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behavior, regardless of what is going on in their lives and how they feel about it.


7 Challenges

The Seven Challenges® is a comprehensive counseling program that incorporates work on alcohol and other drug problems. It is designed to motivate clients, whether they are in the adult or adolescent version, to evaluate their lives, consider changes they may wish to make, and then succeed in implementing the desired changes. It supports them in taking power over their own lives.


Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is a scientific approach to… human thoughts, feelings, and behavior, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses, building the good in life instead of repairing the bad, and taking the lives of average people up to “great” instead of focusing solely on moving those who are struggling up to “normal”.

What is Positive Psychology & Why is It Important?

CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy)

“Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions.”

“Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to and worsen emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. These spontaneous negative thoughts have a detrimental influence on mood.”


Internal Family Systems (IFS)

“The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) is an integrative approach to individual psychotherapy developed by Richard C. Schwartz in the 1980s. It combines systems thinking with the view that the mind is made up of relatively discrete subpersonalities, each with its own unique viewpoint and qualities. IFS uses family systems theory to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized.”


Gottman Method

“The Gottman Method is a kind of couples therapy developed by Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman. Interventions used in the Gottman Method are research-based… The Gottman Method aims ‘to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.'”


Attachment Theory

“Attachment Theory is… a therapeutic technique that involves building patient-therapist relationships based on establishing trust and expressing emotions. Therapists thereby examine the connections between each patient’s early childhood experience and their adult persona.”


My Approach & Philosophy

As an experienced and empathetic Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I am deeply committed to guiding individuals, couples, and families on their journey towards healing and growth. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, I have had the privilege of working in various settings, from one-on-one therapy to wilderness therapy, therapeutic boarding school, and residential treatment programs.

What draws me to this work is the opportunity to guide effort and transformation with those I serve. I am passionate about helping people navigate their unique challenges and supporting their pursuit of a more fulfilling life.

My approach is rooted in curiosity and free of judgment. I believe that a compassionate, non-judgmental atmosphere is crucial in fostering personal growth. I incorporate a range of therapeutic modalities to tailor my approach to your specific needs. These include mindfulness, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, 7 Challenges, Positive Psychology, CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Internal Family Systems, and Attachment Theory.

On a personal note, I was raised in the picturesque surroundings of the Wasatch mountains, and my love for the outdoors has greatly influenced my therapeutic philosophy. In my free time, you’ll often find me engaged in active pursuits like tennis, cycling, hiking, paddle boarding, or snowshoeing. I’m also a strong advocate for water-wise practices and enjoy enhancing the beauty of my yard through sustainable landscaping projects. My wife and I share a love for travel and cherish moments spent with our Miniature Schnauzer, Pancho.

Together, we can embark on a transformative journey toward emotional well-being, and I look forward to being your partner in this endeavor.

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