Kimberlee Carlson, LMHC, NCC
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People seek counseling for many different reasons – painful conflict or communication patterns in close relationships, difficult life transitions, grief after loss, overpowering feelings of sadness or hopelessness, difficulty regulating strong emotions, experiences of trauma, big existential questions, or worry and fear that hold you back from living an authentic life.
Whatever you are feeling today, therapy is a safe place for all parts of you to be welcomed, seen, respected, and understood.
Whatever struggles you are facing today, therapy is a supportive place for you to gain self-awareness and develop practical, healthy strategies.
Whatever you may have experienced in your past, therapy is an inspiring place for you to cultivate resilience and wisdom, and to build a future full of beauty and hope.
Seeking personal growth is courageous and vulnerable. I would be honored to hear your story and work alongside you to imagine and build a new way of being, one step at a time.
My counseling approach is positive, empowering, and growth-oriented. You already have many skills and strengths, and I like to identify and use these to help you grow. I like to integrate elements of physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive health. I believe your life history is very important, and it’s shaped you in powerful ways. I address your past as much as is needed for healing, though I tend to focus more on making changes in the present moment and empowering goals for the future.
Important counseling approaches that I use include narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness training, and internal family systems therapy. I have received training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, and often use this approach when working in relationship therapy or individual therapy.
When I’m not at the office, I enjoy hiking and backpacking, cross-country skiing and traveling, gardening and yoga, and giving my cat her best life. I enjoy poetry and music, cooking nourishing and beautiful food, and I love trying new things and seeing new places. My most important life goal is to notice and create as much beauty and love as possible in this world.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Life Transitions
- Family of Origin Concerns
- Emotion Regulation
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.