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.