Kimberlee Carlson, LMHCA, NCC
Kimberlee Carlson’s Therapist Disclosure Statement <<< (Clickable)
People seek counseling for a variety of reasons – painful conflict patterns in close relationships, fears about life transition, grief after a difficult loss, overpowering feelings of sadness or hopelessness, difficulty regulating strong emotions, seeking healing after trauma… the list goes on! Whatever pain or struggle is prompting you to seek help right now, I would be honored to hear your story and work alongside you as you envision and labor toward a healthy, thriving future that allows you to flourish.
As a counselor, I work with some broad therapeutic goals in mind: I offer a supportive and safe environment so that we can openly explore a problem situation together. I facilitate open, curious conversations that build awareness of patterns contributing to your current distress, whether those patterns are relational, cognitive, behavioral, physical, spiritual, or emotional. I explore and encourage your innate strengths and existing skills, and brainstorm ways to apply them so that you can live a more fulfilling life. At times, I will offer challenges or and specific skills training to help you move toward your goals. Whether you are seeking practical solutions or deep personal transformation, my hope is that our counseling sessions will inspire and empower you to take practical, hopeful steps toward positive change.
I believe that relationships are fundamental to shaping our human experience. Relationships can be the source of our happiest moments, our deepest hurts, our greatest struggles, and also our most profound healing and transformation. It is my hope that our counseling relationship will promote personal healing and hope, and foster a thoughtful awareness of how important relationships have influenced your sense of identity, your core beliefs, and your patterns of behavior.
In my work with clients, I tend to be future-focused and growth-oriented. I believe that the things we think and talk most about are the things we reinforce, so I like to focus on goals, health, and solutions as well as addressing painful problem areas. Talking about the past or focusing on a problem area is important, especially as a tool to understand how you would like to live differently in the future.
My therapeutic approach is influenced by trainings in narrative therapy, attachment theory, positive psychology, and solution-focused therapy. I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from Western Seminary. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I am currently pursuing training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking and backpacking, cross-country skiing, reading and writing poetry, practicing yoga, cooking and savoring wholesome food, knitting, and spending quiet mornings drinking coffee and snuggling with my cat. I cherish my relationships with my husband, my sisters, and my friends. I am an adventurer, an artist, and a lover of beauty in all its myriad forms.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Family of origin concerns
- Identity concerns
- Life transitions
- Relationship issues
- Spiritual concerns
- Women’s issues
Q&A with Kimberlee
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I love to do both! It all depends on your goals for therapy, your particular problem situation, and the amount of time we have to work together. Usually, my best work with clients combines both practical problem-solving as well as deeper work on emotions, thought patterns, or identity.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
You are the expert on your own life and the author of your own story, so I tend to follow your lead on what topics or conversations feel most important to you during our sessions. There is a balance, though, and we will collaborate to build a relational style that works well for your goals in therapy. I will actively contribute to the conversations we have together, and at times will lead us to look at something from another angle or will direct “stuck” conversations toward something we agree would be more productive.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
I love people, and care so deeply about their stories, their hopes, and their struggles. I’m attentive and curious. I like to solve complex puzzles and to organize intricate pieces in order to create something beautiful. Therefore, I enjoy working with my clients to sort through sometimes messy layers of thoughts, feelings, experiences, and hopes; collaborating to help my clients artfully arrange those pieces into a rich, textured, healthy, and beautiful life.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
I think it would be amazing to understand what animals are thinking or saying, and also to be able to speak back to them. I can only imagine all that I would learn about the world from the perspective of animals! And, as an added bonus, I would no longer need to start so many Google searches with, “why does my cat…?”
5.) What makes you laugh?
When I laugh, it’s just as often out of delight at the beauty around me as it is out of amusement. What makes me laugh? My goofy cat, clever jokes from friends, the fresh way children think about the world, Seinfeld, hiking in the woods on a clear morning, and especially good ironies.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
I would have to choose Wendell Berry, that articulate and wise poet, farmer, philosopher, and writer. His vision for humanity and of living well in the world around us never ceases to inspire me.