CBT and EMDR offered
My approach is heavily relational and also somewhat unique. In pursuit of healthy relationships with others, I like to begin by exploring and enhancing the Relationship with Self as a primary building block for all of the other work that we do together.
I work with children, teens, young adults, and adults who experience:
- low self-esteem, negative self-talk, lack of confidence
- childhood trauma (physical/emotional/sexual abuse)
- relational/attachment trauma (changes in caregivers, divorce, absent parent, break ups with significant others, betrayal)
- traits consistent with Borderline Personality Disorder (I treat through relational trauma approach)
- parenting challenges such as unwanted behaviors including impulse control, frustration/anger, and school-related challenges
- sleep disturbances/insomnia
- LGBTQ+ specific challenges associated with coming out/family support/transitioning/moving toward authenticity
Sessions can focus on the following:
- sleep disturbance/insomnia
- understand the function of mood states
- work to manage negative or intrusive thoughts
- resolve issues from the past that inform current emotionally intense responses (ie, let's get unstuck!)
Enhancing self esteem
- correct negative self-talk
- build a stronger sense of/relationship with self
- improve confidence
- identify key pillars of relational health, including character discernment
- explore your boundary style and move toward establishing healthier boundaries with self and with others
- enhance effective communication
- understand safe/unsafe relationships
Family functionality and parenting support
- help family members understand needs behind behaviors
- effective behavior management strategies
- communication, boundaries, and building healthy relationships that last across the lifespan
- explore family values
I use music, animals, the outdoors, art, and other creative avenues to connect with people to make therapy fun. My goal is to create an experience that is pleasant enough that people won't hesitate to seek help later in life. However, we also want to see progress, so I work diligently to ensure we are working toward treatment goals. It has been a wonderful balance that many clients have appreciated.
Finally - you will likely find me to be warm and compassionate, an excellent listener with a direct communication style. I am passionate about the well-being of people and animals and strive for a responsible existence. Also, very importantly, I am obsessed with tacos, cats, and my therapy dog (Mila).
Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at California State University, Bakersfield and then a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Boston University. Kim holds associate-level licenses in the state of Arizona (LMSW-18234), Illinois (LSW 150.104414), and Missouri (LMSW, 2021001930) and is currently completing her clinical hours toward independent licensure under the supervision of Chaz Franke, MSW, LCSW.
Kim completed her advanced clinical practicum in a sexual trauma specialty program. Through this program, Kim worked extensively with clients who had experienced moderate to severe relational, developmental, and sexual trauma and neglect.
Working through psychodynamic, attachment/relational, and trauma-informed approaches, Kim conceptualizes relational challenges through a trauma-informed lens allowing for intergenerational healing to occur. Kim believes that because trauma occurs within relationships, trauma can be healed through relationships. Whether that is relationship with a spouse, your parent, or your therapist, we will also examine relationship with self, nutrition, sleep, and many other things.
Kim's areas of specialization include trauma, anxiety, sleep/insomnia, parenting/behavior management,"conversion therapy" recovery, and serving the LGBTQ+ community. Kim does not charge for gender-affirming care assessments/letters and is dedicated to facilitating access to affirmative services.
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