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Kimberly Donihue, LMFT, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression ADHD
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About me

Welcome and let's get started!

I'm glad you are here.

Life can be stressful, uncertain, even painful. Maybe you are hopeful things will change, have little support, or out of options. Over time, stress can negatively affect one's health, well-being, and outlook. It takes courage to try again. Whatever you are going through, I welcome you.

You are worth it.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT); a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CRAADC); and a Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist; (MARS). I also hold two national post-masters' credentials: Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and AAMFT Approved Supervisor.
I stay current on the latest evidenced-based treatments and protocols. I have a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara and a BA in English Literature from UCSB.

Individuals, couples, families, children and Supervisees. I have extensive experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, relational trauma, ADHD, family dynamics, and addiction (chemical and process). Previous positions include director of a local counseling center; women's program director at a faith-based residential treatment center; primary therapist at a hospital; 28-day residential treatment center counselor, and case manager with Substance Abuse Treatment Court (SATC).

My approach is to cultivate safety for the foundation of our work. My style is warm, attentive, & non-judgmental. Through assessments, discussions, and mutually agreed-upon goals, I tailor an individualized treatment plan. Together, we discuss the plan and if agreed upon, move forward, staying attuned to levels of motivation, and mindful of your pace. You can have a life worth living.

Your individualized plan reflects an integration of treatment models, which allows for drawing from a menu of treatment options to best serve the client and specific needs. I use CBT; DBT; EMDR; Motivational Interviewing, faith-based counseling; MARS; TF-CBT; Exposure Therapy; play therapy; Sandplay; family systems; and Clinical Supervision.

You've taking a valuable step towards bettering your life today. Feel free to contact me for more information. I typically check messages every 1 -2 hours during the day. I return messages within the hour, with the exception of Tuesday afternoons.

I am looking forward to meeting you!

Professional experience

16yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression ADHD

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

Languages

EnglishSpanish

License information

MO LMFT 2007031919

MO LPC 2008010204

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Kimberly Donihue. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Kimberly continues to be an excellent support and help to me in my evolving circumstances. She has helped me attain a huge huge goal/dream of mine and diligently helped me break it down into small and manageable steps with her encouragement and training in numerous DBT and other skills & resources along the way, making it all possible. There’s no way this achievement, as well as so many others, would have come about without her help. Her knowledge, skill, and professionalism are tremendous, and her compassionate, patient, sincere, persistent, gracious style is so very much appreciated. I like Kimberly a lot as a person and she is an exceptional therapist. I respect her in every way, and hold her in the highest regard. I am a therapist myself and recognize Kimberly‘s outstanding skill. She continues to help me through a major life-altering event, five years ago and all of the various consequences of that, as well as increasing myself awareness, self efficacy, confidence, and resilience. Kimberly’s help has been a true Godsend to me. She is tremendous and I think God for her.

Written on Jan 21, 2024 after therapy with Kimberly for 3 years and 3 months on issues concerning grief, and coping with life changes

Kimberly Donihue is knowledgeable, caring, & wise. She offers the right amount of help to unwind those mental knots & clear head space so you can figure out how to tackle things. I appreciate her expertise & support.

Written on Sep 24, 2023 after therapy with Kimberly for 2 years and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Kimberly is a lovely, warm, compassionate person who meets me wherever I'm at emotionally--so supportive, so much insight.

Written on Sep 01, 2023 after therapy with Kimberly for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Kimberly is wonderful. She always responds very quickly and really listens. She explains therapy methods and thoroughly discuses everything with me.

Written on Sep 26, 2022 after therapy with Kimberly for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Such an incredible therapist. The perfect combination of listening and advice. Makes learning about the processes I’m going through fun and interesting. So happy I found her on Better Help!

Written on Apr 01, 2022 after therapy with Kimberly for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Kimberly has been absolutely amazing so far! She works really hard to validate me when I'm having doubts or when I accuse myself of being irrational - she's already been such a blessing in such a short timeframe!

Written on Jul 15, 2021 after therapy with Kimberly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and adhd