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© 2019 by Kimberly Gibson, MS, ATR, LPCC.

My Services

01.

Navigating a change or a new life stage? Overwhelmed by anxiety?  Stuck in depression? Or just not feeling your best? Together, in individual therapy, we can explore what is going on.  We can implement tools to lessen the impact of tough feelings, get you unhooked from negative thoughts and build a life full of joy and value.  I have over 17 years of clinical experience and I enjoy helping clients with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, chronic pain or illnesses and maternal mental health.  Also, some clients have no diagnosable disorder at all.  Some clients come to simply better understand themselves or have a safe space to check in & reflect on one's life.

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Art therapy is a type of therapy where one uses drawing, painting, sculpture and collage to help explore one’s emotions, improve self-esteem, manage addictions, relieve stress, improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and cope with a physical illness or disability. No artistic talent is necessary, just a willingness to be creative. The act of creating, in of itself,  can be healing. But more so, processing the artwork with a trained therapist can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your experiences.  

(To learn more, please read my blog for some specific examples of directives/activities used in art therapy.)

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Parenting is hard.  It's 24/7.  It can be extremely difficult to meet the needs of little ones and your own needs too.  Maybe you are seeking some assistance in learning how to be responsive rather than reactive? Or maybe you are the parent of a child with special needs or a kiddo who is highly sensitive?  I enjoy working collaboratively with parents, building on strengths and helping families overcome challenges.

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Are you concerned about your child or teen?  Do they seem to be struggling with anxiety or depression?  Have you noticed a change in their behavior?  In my practice, I work with children who are ten and older. I provide both art therapy and talk therapy to children and teens.  In my experience, children and teens really respond well to using art therapy techniques & interventions in sessions.  Creating art provides a safe, comfortable way to express one's thoughts and feelings & explore behaviors.  

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Are you a new grad on your way to becoming a licensed therapist?  In California, new grads must complete 3,000 supervised clinical hours prior to taking the state licensing exams.  If you are looking for a supervisor for your art therapy or counseling hours, I may be able to help.  Please call or email to discuss your needs.

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Kim has a special interest in using art therapy along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions to help individuals with chronic pain and/or chronic illnesses.  Art therapy can be a wonderful addition to one's standard medical treatment and Kim is happy to collaborate with doctors and/or physical therapists to coordinate care.  A 2018 study, showed art therapy can be helpful in reducing one's experience of pain.  Art therapy can also help people better manage the symptoms of stress & anxiety that accompany chronic pain and illness.  

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I have a special interest in using art therapy along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions to help individuals with chronic pain and/or chronic illnesses.  Art therapy can be a wonderful addition to one's standard medical treatment and I am happy to collaborate with doctors and/or physical therapists to coordinate care.  A 2018 study, showed art therapy can be helpful in reducing one's experience of pain.  Art therapy can also help people better manage the symptoms of stress & anxiety that accompany chronic pain and illness.