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Kimberly Donihue, LMFT, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and 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

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

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 is an excellent therapist and helps me tremendously through a ongoing difficult situation in my life. She is very knowledgeable of current research, provides me with numerous resources, and is exceptionally compassionate and validating. I feel her caring. I really, really like her and thank God for her as a person and as an excellent and gifted therapist. I am
A therapist myself and know many therapists. Kimberly is cream of the crop. I cannot overstate her ability and professionalism. She has helped me tremendously.

Written on Oct 15, 2022 after therapy with Kimberly for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning grief, 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

Her flexibility and kindness and insight have been invaluable to me. She has helped me through this journey at my own pace, taking side roads and detours as needed.

Written on Aug 28, 2022 after therapy with Kimberly for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, 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

She is such a great and understanding therapist . She's helping me get through so much past trauma and helping me trust people again. Completely recommend her

Written on Apr 18, 2021 after therapy with Kimberly for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd