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Romeo Kistler, LCMHC

Romeo Kistler, M.Ed, LCMHC, NCC, is a motivating clinician with over 15 years of experience. He has worked extensively in acute care, residential care, and outpatient settings. Romeo has worked with clients dealing with a wide range of mental health issues including (but not limited to): anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, addiction, and crisis intervention.

Romeo discovered his interest in psychology while in college, although he was already drawn to healing professions: “Honestly, when I first went to college my major was business.  I decided I wanted to help others so I changed to pre-med. My last 2 classes in the premed program were psychology courses.  This changed everything for me.”

As a clinician Romeo utilizes logo-therapy and believes in helping his clients find purpose. He also draws from DBT, client-centered, systems, existential and experiential theories as he helps clients and families find solutions and come together. He is described by his colleagues as someone who “pushes his kids and clients to excel” and is “very active” in their therapy.

Romeo was awarded an academic scholarship to McMurry University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology. He then attended graduate school at Hardin-Simmons University where he earned his master’s degree in counseling and human development. Romeo has served on a critical incident stress management team in Fremont County, CO and has been trained in crisis management and responses.

Romeo is active at work and at play. He is a second-degree black belt in Aikido, is a successful entrepreneur, and enjoys sports and the outdoors. He is a friendly and outgoing family man who loves his “wonderful wife and two awesome children.” He describes himself as “down to earth” and “all about FUN.” He strives to help others feel a sense of belonging and appreciated.

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Marks of Quality Care
  • AdvancED
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation

I'm very thankful for the staff at Youth Care. Our son's therapist and his other counselors were fantastic. Everyone we dealt with was caring and very professional. They challenged our son just enough and knew when and how to encourage him and to push him just the right amount. If it wasn't for Youth Care, the chances are great that our son would have overdosed or be in jail by now.

– Melissa H.