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Spotlight Series – Koyt Kifer

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Koyt Kifer, M.Ed., LCDC


Koyt Kifer grew up outside of Dallas and graduated from Ole Miss in 2002 with a bachelors’ degree in art.  Koyt spent the next decade moving around the country from Maui, HI, Big Bear, CA, Gypson, CO, to Red River, NM.  He usually worked as a youth ski instructor during the winter and with horses during the summer.  Koyt was introduced to equine therapy in 2012 and became an Equine Specialist working on a EAGALA therapy team.  Koyt attended graduate school at Hardin-Simmons University and graduated with a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development.  After graduation, he took advantage of anther ski season before moving to Dallas and counseling adolescents.



What brought you to Origins?

The facility where I was counseling before didn’t have the means to incorporate equine therapy.  My background in counseling is through equine therapy and I found that Origins needed both a primary counselor and equine therapist.  I missed living on the beach and Origins gave me the opportunity to be back on the water and to stay in Texas.         



If there were only one thing you could tell us about working within your client specialty area, what would it be?

It’s been my experience that the majority of the client’s and families I have worked with don’t understand the medical side of substance dependence. It is challenging to convince a patient that they have a progressive disease when the majority of the symptoms are viewed as moral deficiencies. Educating society on the disease of addiction needs to continue to grow.



What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?

Working in treatment has reinforced the importance of communication between everyone involved in the client’s recovery process.


Do you hold any credentials or certifications, or do you participate in any other professional activities outside of work?

LCDC: licensed chemical dependency counselor

LPCI: licensed professional counselor intern

EMDR: eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy

EAGALA: equine assessed growth and learning association

PSIA: Professional ski instructors of America

OHS: Oklahoma Horseshoeing School (licensed farrier)


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you have any pets or engage in special hobbies?

In my spare time, I prefer to be outside on the water.  I enjoy fishing, hunting, and oil painting.  I’ve competed in skijoring races and I have a dog named Hey.  



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