Hey, hey! I am a non-binary, queer provider whose primary clinical focus is working with other LGBTQ+ clients who experience challenges in self-concept (self-esteem, sense of self, relationship with self), relationships with others, and overcoming trauma.
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.
Parents of LGBTQ+ youth, I also offer parent coaching to help ensure you enjoy a sustained life-long relationship with your child!
I work with LGBTQ+ teens, young adults, and adults (plus their family members!) 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)
- sleep disturbances/insomnia
- those who belong to the LGBTQ+ community and experience challenges within family relationships related to their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. 100% affirming and competent space!
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
Treatment approaches: attachment-focused, trauma-informed family systems/psychodynamic approach using a mix of IFS, EMDR, narrative/creatively expressive with traces of CBT/DBT. Strong social justice and feminist theory orientations. Inclusive practitioner.
**Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in our geographical area, only telehealth is being offered at this time**
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.
Lived experience as an out queer, polyamorous provider and human.
As the Director of Community Impact, Ky provides direction to the Light Source therapist collective by upholding the key social work principle to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s dual focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.
In order to build stronger communities and improve the quality of life for the people living in them, Light Source is focusing on community impact through community-based needs assessments, educational initiatives, supporting those in helping professions, and advocacy/activism.
For more information, please visit the ALIGN page.
Ky earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at California State University, Bakersfield and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Boston University. Ky holds associate-level licenses in 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.
Ky completed her advanced clinical practicum in a sexual trauma specialty program. Through this program, Kim (Ky) worked extensively with clients who had experienced severe relational, developmental, and sexual trauma.
Working through psychodynamic, attachment/relational, and trauma-informed approaches, Kim (Ky) conceptualizes relational challenges through a trauma-informed lens allowing for intergenerational healing to occur. Ky 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.
Ky's areas of specialization include relational/developmental complex trauma, which lends well to parenting and family systems work. Additionally, Ky works with many non-binary and trans clients, including parents of trans youth.
There is no charge for gender-affirming care assessments/letters and is dedicated to facilitating access to affirmative services.
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