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Disordered Desires & The Worship Code: How disordered desires cripple our success

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Kim West
Navigating the Knot, Founder, Consultant & Coach

Kim West (JD/MBA, Certified Coach, and Certified Divorce Specialist (CDSTM)) is the founder of a company called Navigating the Knot. She works as a consultant and coach specializing in the marriage and divorce process, providing clients nationwide with clarity and guidance on either end of marriage – from educating them on what they need to know before getting married to advising those approaching, going through, or looking to recover from divorce.


Kim has a law degree and an MBA from the University of Colorado and comes from a corporate background, having worked for companies like Fitbit and Zayo Group. 


After going through a rough divorce in her 20s, she discovered firsthand how painfully little she had known about both marriage and divorce despite coming from a legal background. So in 2017, she chose to turn her pain into her purpose and left the corporate world to start her own company providing education and support to others surrounding marriage and divorce. Kim offers one-on-one coaching services to clients nationwide via phone, Skype, or Zoom video calls.

When she isn't assisting clients, Kim enjoys rock climbing, running, hiking, snowboarding, and mountain biking. She loves to travel, spend time with her dog (a puggle named Clover), and forge new connections.

Keith Hughes
Keith Counseling, Therapist

It has been my honor and privilege to have served in the mental health counseling field for 32 years.   And over the course of this time, it has afforded me to be involved in life’s trenches with countless amount of people.  Further, over 3 decades I have been able to work in every therapeutic delivery/milieu: Residential Treatment, Outpatient, Psychiatric Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and now Private Practice.  I am humbled and enthralled to meet with people daily, helping them sort out their complexities with anxiety, depression, dysfunctional behavioral patterns, relationship dilemmas or just seeking deeper spiritual meaning and purposes.   I work with adults, teens and couples.   It would be fair to categorize me as a “faith based” therapist, but I do work with people of all faiths, ideologies, and cultures.   The easiest way I describe ‘what I do’ with people, is help them see their life, their situations and themselves in new ways that makes sense. “ I never saw it like that… thank you”, is often reported in session.   Gaining new and innovative ways to reframe life provides breath, oxygen and hope toward the present and the future. Even helping people to reframe the past, brings peace.  

What singular force always makes a relationship crash? 

What can bring a rising career crashing to the ground? 

And worse, what can single-handedly rot your soul out from the inside out?

Disordered desires. Our desires are core to our being and when not tended to with self-awareness and effective strategies, they can compel us into the deepest states of heartache, failure, and despair. We get into that relationship with one we “love” but turns into a sea of uncertainty. What causes one to cross the line between love and obsession; or the line between hate and rage? Between desire and lust? Between drive and obsession? Disordered desires not only cause our lives out of order but are also trying to tell us what we truly need and also carry us to our greatest potential. 

This presentation will help you understand how to manage your inner world of desire so you may accomplish the fulfillment you wish for in relationships, career, and life in general. The presentation will help explain/identify our desire system (core needs), learning about “the worship code”, and dualistic vs non-dualistic thinking. In other words, by keeping good things from becoming ultimate things, we are able to keep our heart, mind and soul intact and thriving. If your heart, mind and soul have found its balance and centralized focus, all components find their place. And as a result, the concept of being “successful” or having a “happy life” will be better understood by having a life of fulfillment.