Kimberly Whitman

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Availability

In Central Time

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

As early as I can remember, I enjoyed helping people solve problems. My friends and associates would depend on me for sound advice and even in joining the military during college, I landed myself in leadership roles responsible for caring for others to include social problems, relationship problems, and addictions. One college elective class on social work sparked the seed within me and changed my entire view of my future. I knew from that moment that social work is my calling. Becoming a therapist is most rewarding for me! I love being a part of helping someone regain zeal for life again and appreciate who they are no matter the difference in skin color, choice of music, sexuality, spirituality, or outward physical appearance. The most beautiful people in the world are those who are not afraid to be themselves.

What would be important for someone to know about working with you?

I would like to define my therapy style as creative, unique, and far from cookie-cutter therapy. I customize my approach in therapy for each individual to ensure you receive the best clinical care possible because no two people are alike in how they approach a healing process. I am direct, transparent, but always respectful in my approach to therapy. Rapport building is important so I expect transparency and honesty from clients to achieve the best outcomes. Don't be surprised about how much you will laugh, cry, and express anger and frustration throughout your healing process. In the end, you will enjoy the feeling of freedom and tranquility.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

Treatment goals are developed with the client, not for the client. I believe in treatment goals being a collaborative process between therapist and client, because this is your treatment and you will only reach goals that you are interested in achieving. In our first session, I will complete a clinical assessment of your history and ask what you would like to see different at the end of therapy. From there we discuss treatment goals. I will make recommendations while incorporating your perspective on what you need. Then, we finalize our goals together and throughout your healing process, we will refer back to these goals to ensure we stay on track with meeting your needs.

Specialties

General Expertise

Fees

$180

First Session

$180

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Strength Based Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Training / Certifications

Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Licensure

MO, LCSW, 2020028588

Education

P.hD. Walden University - Graduation Date Pending 2022

MSW Social Work at New Mexico State University 2010

BS Social Work at Slippery Rock University 2000

Work History

I am an enthusiastic clinical therapist with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. I received a Master of Social Work degree from New Mexico State University and currently completing a Ph.D. in Social Work at Walden University in 2022. I am an Army Veteran, having been deployed to operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. My active-duty service provided practical experience in cultural diversity, the examination of risk factors of several psychiatric disorders, trauma-informed care, substance use, suicide risk, and criminal justice-related to mental health. I am a trauma therapist with a wealth of experience in working with Military and First Responders. I believe in the power of therapy helping individuals find the tools located within oneself for healing, prosperity, forgiveness, peace, and freedom from past traumatic experiences. Trauma is subjective to each individual and cannot be compared as "big" or "small". All you have to do is take the first step, which is asking for help and allow me to guide you through your journey to freedom from nightmares, anxiety, stress, trauma, addiction, depression, and a loss of emotional management. I also have experience working with individuals suffering from grief and loss. Finally, self-esteem and identity are areas I like to focus on with an emphasis on guilt and shame. I look forward to connecting with you as you embark on your healing journey of empowerment over your mental and emotional pain.

Location

8450 NW Prairie View Road, Zona Rosa #1210, Kansas City, 64153, MO