I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in” -John Muir
I am a licensed professional counselor with a master’s degree in clinical psychology and certification in interpersonal neurobiology from Portland State University. I have integrated twenty years of personal recovery from anorexia and bulimia with twenty years of clinical practice, including directing two residential treatment centers for eating disorders. My work in residential treatment exposed me to all aspects of treating an eating disorder in addition to providing intensive therapy for complex family relationships and dynamics.
I strive to be a balanced person who participates in ongoing academic and professional pursuits while creating ample space for family, community, exploration, and quiet. I integrate nature as a healing tool in both my work and my personal life. I am an avid backpacker and outdoor enthusiast.
I embrace my client’s assessment of me: “Kim knows how to play and is not afraid of the dark.” With warm, non-judgmental respect, I support and challenge my clients toward consistent growth and sustainable change. Creating a space of safety and patience in our relationship will allow your vulnerability and strength to unfold naturally. I am dedicated to providing you with professional, confidential, quality care. I love my work and the transformation that is possible within the unique relationship of therapy.
Interpersonal neurobiology allows me to view therapy in terms of what is happening within an individual’s brain and how the brain of one person works in relationship to others. Therapy with the brain in mind offers integrative healing of attachment wounds, which strengthens the whole person. Knowledge and implementation of brain science has a powerful impact toward changing addictive patterns. Through an attuned therapeutic relationship and mindfulness practices, the brain moves toward a regulated state, which facilitates healthy life functioning and a decrease or extinction of harmful patterns.
Interpersonal neurobiology teaches that the health and vibrancy of the clinician is integral to the well-being of the client. I arrive to each session present and available to your personal process. My consistent meditation and yoga practice help contribute to my balance. I “walk my talk” by participating in my own therapy, clinical supervision, and my soul sister circle (a group of therapist friends that share in deep personal growth work). I am a mother and a wife, immersed in the fullness of a rich and beautiful family life.
Depth psychology informs my work by viewing life and people through the lens of wholeness. Rather than seeking a perfected self, I help my clients face and embrace the complex people they actually are. I encourage exploration of the masculine and feminine that resides within each person, assessing which parts may be neglected and therefore projected onto others. I use sand tray, art, writing, role-play, dreams, and symbolism in an individualized manner to facilitate the growth of the soul self. Depth psychology teaches that people embody both positive and negative personality characteristics and behaviors and that mental and physical health stems from understanding and accepting the whole, integrated self. As our self-awareness and compassion increase, our need to act out destructively decreases.
My approach of strengthening the soul and spiritual self of the individual is balanced with evidenced based treatment practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Kim collaborates with her clients at the initial assessment to form a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan with clear goals that align with the client’s personal needs for therapy. The treatment plan is an active tool, which is periodically reviewed and updated throughout the therapy process. Clients are not passive recipients of undefined treatment, but rather empowered participants in the many important decisions that arise throughout therapy.
Relational Cultural Therapy
Relational-cultural therapy is a feminist approach that stems from the work of Jean Baker Miller, MD, which focuses on the relationship as the primary healing mechanism. Humans seek relationship, but also fear it. We hide aspects of ourselves from relationships in fear of rejection. Relational-cultural therapy promotes an inclusive connection that is based on mutuality between therapist and client. The therapeutic relationship allows the client to share vulnerability in the presence of an accepting other, thereby increasing self-worth and esteem. Relational-cultural therapy embraces diversity and social justice with sensitivity to the impact of cultural influence on the developing person within a system.
I encourage my clients to develop their voice and speak out on things that matter to them. Change often includes challenging social norms. Therapy encourages reflection upon family rules and expectations within the framework of respect for one’s culture and way of life. When we refrain from living in the truth of who we are, sickness can be the result. I help client’s to discern where culture is harmful and where it is helpful. Therapy will provide you with the space to explore yourself within the context of relationship and the environment around you. It will help you grow your honesty, clarity and courage to build the life of your choosing.
Siskiyou Therapy, Ashland, Oregon, 2009 to present.
Psychotherapist offering individual, couples, and family counseling. Clinical supervisor.
Rainrock Residential Treatment Center, Eugene, Oregon, 2006-2009.
Director, Clinical Supervisor, Lead Therapist for residential eating disorder treatment center.
Creekside Counseling, Talent, Oregon, 2003-2006.
Psychotherapist providing Individual, group, and family therapy with a specialty in eating disorders and trauma.
Rogue Community College, Medford, Oregon, 2004-2005.
Faculty Advisor for Students with Disabilities.
Center for Discovery and Adolescent Change,Lakewood, California, 2000-2003.
Program Director, Primary Therapist for residential eating disorder treatment center.
California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California, 1998-2000.
Therapist for diverse university population.
Long Beach Family Service, Long Beach, California, 1995-1997.
Family psychotherapist with a specialty in sexual abuse, eating disorders, group therapy , and play therapy.
AIDS Service Center, Pasadena, CA, 1996-1997.
Psychotherapist for couples, children, and adults with HIV/AIDS. Group therapy and community education.
La Canada Unified School District – Foothills School, La Canada, California, 1995-1997.
Special education high school teacher in a public magnet school, mixed classroom grades 9-12.
Foothill Family Service, Pasadena, CA, 1994-1995.
Case Manager for Cal-Learn Program to empower pregnant teens toward high school graduation.
Community Works, Medford, Oregon, 1993-1994.
Teenline Coordinator. Supervision of volunteers for crisis line.
Youth Corrections, Panguitch, Utah, 1991-1993.
Counselor at long-term detention facility for adjudicated boys.
- International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
- Academy of Eating Disorders
- International Association of Jungian Studies
- Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies
- Columbia River Eating Disorder Network
- Mental Health Resource and Education Network