Kimberly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MFC#48771 Licensed by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences. She specializes in Individual, Couples and Family Psychotherapy, and maintains a private practice with locations in Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel, California.
Kimberly has been practicing Clinical Psychotherapy since 2000, and a graduate of Vanguard University's Clinical Psychology program specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy,serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of client
Among her areas of expertise are: Post-Hospitalization Follow-up treatment, Narcissistic Abuse Recovery, Dual Diagnosis, Depression, Self-Esteem/Identity Issues, Anxiety disorders, Bipolar, ADHD, as wells a myriad of Relational Issues such as: Marital/Pre-Marital, Couples, Families, and Communication Counseling and Troubled Child and Adolescent issues.
Kimberly is recognized by the Superior Court of the State of California and retained by legal counsel, and granted as an expert in her field to conduct contact interviews, examination, and/or to test defendants with full, private, unmonitored visitation granted by Sandra Hutchens, Sheriff/Coroner of Orange County. She has security clearance and full privilege at any facility of the Orange County jail system as an agent to legal defense teams, as well as provider of Confidential Clinical Psychotherapy
In addition, Kimberly has presented at College Campuses, private conferences, and general audiences on topics ranging from Relationships, Psychoeducation, Medication Compliance to Domestic Violence. She is a Practical, Interactive, Solution-Focused Therapist.
Her treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. She incorporates a blend of conventional and alternatives approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. With sensitivity and compassion, she works with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve life goals. Kimberly's unique holistic approach offers her clients the opportunity to incorporate both conventional medical treatment protocols, as well as, integrating the use of Professionals trained specifically in the use of Alternatives to traditional medications.
Additional Training: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Certified Hypnotherapist, Applied Kinesiology and Neuroemotional Technique (N.E.T) Dual-diagnosis, Substance Abuse, Eating disorders, Self-injurious behavior, Post-hospitalization aftercare.
Professional Activities and Memberships: American Psychological Association California Association Marriage and Family Therapists, Psi-Chi-The National Honor Society for Psychology- National University, Lifetime Member
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Alternative medicine has also proven very effective in conjuctions with psychotherapy.