Kimber Brightheart

(LCSW)

About Me

I am a clinical social worker that has worked with adults, teenagers, and families licensed in Illinois with over 13 years of experience working as a counselor in clinical environments. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar, and other mental health disorders. The majority of my career has been focused on working with extremely vulnerable communities, and I work from a trauma informed framework in my client interactions. I believe in using a harm reduction model.

As a therapist, I don't view my role as being someone who sets goals for you and tells you what to do, I believe therapy is a collaborative process and it's my responsibility to meet a client where they are and to help them set appropriate, beneficial goals for themselves. As a harm reduction therapist, I don't believe that any activity that someone wants to engage in is inherently wrong -- more so that there might be negative results of engaging a certain way. In addition to mental health disorders and LGBTQ issues, I also specialize in self harm, substance use management, and eating disorders.

I'm grateful to betterhelp for giving a therapeutic resource to people that may otherwise not have an outlet, and I applaud individuals that are currently looking to make changes they need in their lives. It takes a lot of strength and courage to critically think about what you need. I look forward to helping empower you to live your best life!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem

I also have experience in Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #149.020069 (Expires: 2019-11-30)


Reviews

Written by A.M. on Aug 03, 2018 after counseling with Kimber for 2 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and career

From the very beginning I had a good gut feeling about Kimber, thankfully I was right! This has been my first time in therapy and I’m happy to reflect on it as a positive experience. We’ve touched on a wide range of issues together from work related struggles, to family matters, to old traumas, to small troubles, as well as the deep bigger picture stuff. Kimber cares and it shows. In our sessions I feel heard and understood… All I can say is that it’s a rare gift. I believe that the insights I’ve gained from our time together will be valuable long into the future. That’s why I plan to continue with Kimber on my path of healing & growth.

Written by K.A. on Jul 07, 2018 after counseling with Kimber for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

Whenever I'm wrestling with anxiety, self-criticism, or just plain sadness, it's such a relief to be able to tag in Kimber. She provides the caring, thoughtful, and objective support I need to process the day-to-day, as well as more major stressors. It helps just to know she's got my back if I need her.

Written by C.L. on May 28, 2018 after counseling with Kimber for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Understanding and caring, thinks about people before commenting

Written by P.O. on Apr 26, 2018 after counseling with Kimber for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt

Kimber is very good at understanding how I am. I recommend her!

Written by N.I. on Apr 19, 2018 after counseling with Kimber for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and trauma and abuse

In just a few short weeks I’m already feeling better about myself and issues with my partner. Kimber seems to ask the right questions to help me figure things out.

Written by T.Y. on Apr 06, 2018 after counseling with Kimber for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, and grief

Kimber is awesome! Kimber creates a space where I feel heard and validated, while also providing relevant information and helping to establish goals.