Kathleen Kirk


I am living with a sense of adventure and curiosity.  My passion is to help bring out the best in each person. Strategic thinking and creative problem solving help people get the results they want. My wide scope of experience ranges from working in the social work field, education at middle and high school and college levels as well as in the substance abuse field.  



The University of Arizona SALT Center

Community Organization for Drug Abuse Control

UMC’s Children’s Research Center Board Member for 6 years

Big Brothers and Sisters, Big Sister

Mentored University students for Arizona Assurance Program


Certifications & Memberships

National Certification for Family Life Educator

Certified Love and Logic Parent Educator

National Council for Family Relations

National Parenting Education Network

U.C. Berkeley Certificate, The Science of Happiness

Canyon Ranch Certified Healthy Community Facilitator

National Speakers Association

“I met with Kathleen to work on redefining my life’s goals after retiring. I felt at a loss for direction and a feeling of purpose. I did not realize the answers were locked inside me and I could not see the forest for the trees. With my new way of thinking and tools I am on the road to a new adventure.”     
–University of AZ retiree

“Kathleen has the unique ability to identify behaviors, in both parent and child, which get in the way of successful relationships and successful living. She continues to provide real life skill sets that provide opportunity and consequences for our actions. I call her the “Family Whisperer”. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”
Dad of two daughters Tucson, AZ

“I would recommend any family to Kathleen Kirk. I am the parent of two teenage girls. One of my daughters has struggled with and has been stressed about her grades for some time. After our first meeting with Kathleen the whole family experienced a calmness we had not felt in years in regards to her grades. Kathleen spent time asking questions and quickly got a good sense of our situation. She gave feedback about some of the ways we were dealing with the grades. She gave clear suggestions to me about my role in regards to grades as the parent of a teenager my daughters age. She gave my daughter suggestions about organization that were extremely helpful. The best part is that Kathleen was able to relate to my daughter in a way that got her on board right away. The guilt and frustration we both were experiencing has gone away. Thanks so much Kathleen, what a gift you have given us!”
Laura, mother of two teens Flagstaff, AZ  

“Kathleen has lifted the burden of my daughter’s responsibilities off my shoulders and placed it upon my daughter’s where it belongs.”
 J.M. mother of two children, ages 16 and 21

“How I wish I had met you several years ago. But, we are so glad to have you now and we are finally finding peace at home.”  
Father, two teen daughters

“You have really helped my son to think about his choices and the risks he takes. He opens up to you and knows that you will help him with school, girls and making a successful life. You have a gift for working with teens and we love working with you.” 
Mom, two teenagers

"My young adult children have used Kathleen as a touchstone beginning in their teen years. As they move into their own, they, and I, have appreciated her ability to teach them valuable life skills and guide them to becoming their best selves. They have greatly benefitted from the tools and techniques she has shown them and from her practical advice for navigating life"
-Parent, teenagers