“The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love.”
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My name is Kim Valdes and I am a licensed professional counselor and registered play therapist. I have been working with children and families providing in-home mental health services and working in community agency setting since 2006 and then in office therapy since 2012.
I started my practice in 2015 providing counseling services for children, adults, and families experiencing life challenges and issues ranging from abrupt life changes and transitions, to school bullying, family conflicts and communication challenges, trauma, ADHD, and Anxiety and Depression.
I now specifically provide individual and group coaching with adolescent and adults who seek ways to reduce anxiety and depression by building their capacity to be resilient but also addressing embedded trauma memories behind the anxiety and depression. I believe that for many children, adolescent, and adults, at the core of the fears and worries are long held beliefs from trauma related experiences from early life experiences. We hold these trauma related experiences not only in our core beliefs but in our bodies and hearts that keep us from living life fully.
My interests and practice with meditation started back in 1996 as a young married mother raising two children and working through my own anxieties and stressors and needing to learn new ways to cope with life’s challenges. My meditation practice follows a Daoist and Buddhist approach as I have been taught in my own personal meditation groups. I currently facilitate individual and group meditation to others first to learn how to meditate, connect with emotions and your body to release anxiety, and find balance and calm. Second, my goal is to also facilitate meditation to support individual and groups spiritual cultivation.
As a clinician I am both nondirective and directive and eclectic in my approach as I take a interpersonal neurobiological approach to understand anxiety and depression, and trauma, but also integrate compassion focused therapy, cognitive behavioral strategies and mindfulness.
If I am not helping people, I spend my time with my family meditating, painting, or time at the beach with my husband. My role as wife and mother has been my most important life work, as it has been this journey that has supported my healing and growth through the challenges of marriage and raising a family but most of all the heart work: to love, to forgive, to have courage, to be in my passion, and to be compassionate.
My family has stretched me and opened up more of what life has to offer through my life journey. I am a continuous lifelong learner who is passionately working on developing her skills as a child and family therapist, spiritual training, and cultivating her meditative practice. I am currently a Licensed Sacred Soul Mentoring Practitioner and an avid Meditation Facilitator as well as providing energy healing.
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I can understand what it is like for children and adolescent experiencing anxiety as I was growing up, I also struggled with anxiety and had not become aware of what it was until I was in my 20’s so, I understand the behaviors of isolation, avoidance, negative thoughts, and physical symptoms that kids and adults experience.I came to find healing not only in my own psychotherapy but also meditation, art, and spiritual cultivation. I believe that these components are very supportive to rewiring the brain, calming the body, and developing an internal guidance system that is made up of one’s own intuitive loving wise adult-self, and spiritual guidance. In play therapy with children I continue to address anxiety and depression with sand tray virtual play, art, cognitive behavioral strategies and mindfulness, learning to identify, connect and release feelings using a combination of these activities.
My work with adolescent is quite different and unique as I currently only do coaching either individually or group work with adolescent. I have developed a Mandala art program that integrates a holistic approach of a spiritual body and mind approach to addressing and healing anxiety and depression.
My program for adults is called Freeing the Heart from Anxiety and is a 3 month and 6 month program I have developed that works with some fundamental components: a spiritual component with meditation, art with mandala and chakra component, and cbt component with a foundation underlying how to address anxiety, depression, and trauma. However, it also very important to the consistency of each week, homework, and group work to keep one activating a NEW Way to healing.
“Without a spiritual wakefulness to divine purposes and connections in all things, we will not know things for what they truly are.”