Harding University, Completed Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1998
Emory University, Completed Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2001
Pacifica Graduate Institute, Presently enrolled in doctoral studies working toward a PhD in Depth Psychology with an Emphasis in Psychotherapy. Projected completion date 2015
Board Certified Registered Nurse
Board certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Experience & Approach
I approach my practice of psychotherapy with the following core beliefs: that individuals are complex and physical, mental, psychological & spiritual aspects are inextricably interwoven; that individuals lead lives within social and cultural contexts which must be acknowledged and that we all, as wounded in one way or another, heal in relationship. We are relational beings from our very beginning and we need the empathic and affirming presence of another human being who sees our pain, acknowledges, understands and accepts us.
It is through telling your story, maybe for the first time ever, that you are truly seen. This is no easy task and not for the faint of heart. It is rare in our society to tell our stories, at least the ones that we struggle with, to disclose where we hurt or the pain we carry, for all manner of reasons. Yet, pain and suffering exist and are unavoidable and though they take us to terribly difficult and tenuous places they may also bring gifts-gifts of clarity of purpose and meaning, gifts of compassion for oneself and others, gifts that often accompany moments in our life that are painfully real. Foreclosing one’s stories often creates more suffering and places more distance between who you are and who you could discover yourself to be.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” –Maya Angelou
Drawn toward a program of study that integrated body and mind, Kim graduated from Emory in 2001 from the Psychosocial Nurse practitioner Program. She is dually board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. Over the past ten years she has worked in both primary care and mental health settings.
Kim is presently a doctoral student, working toward a PhD in depth psychology with an emphasis in psychotherapy at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her primary approaches to therapy are psychodynamic, person-centered, psychoanalytic & existential.