About Me

Kimberly Dickenson, MA, LPC

I am a therapist, a mother, a baker, a nature enthusiast, a lover of learning, of ideas and books and literature and the written word, and a dedicated student of life.  I am becoming proficient in the art of starting over, which, as with any art worth pursuing, is a life-long endeavor.  I believe that if you find yourself in the wrong story, you don't have to stay there; my life is a prime example. Life is change. Life is transition. My passion is supporting and enhancing the emotional well-being of individuals as they start over, make changes, and write new stories.

 

I am a  highly sensitive introvert, and someone that has dealt with life-long chronic pain. These are things that are not always easy to embrace, but I believe it is because of them, not in spite of them, that I have a greater ability to listen and affirm, have greater empathy and intuitiveness and a better understanding of others' pain and struggles.  This part of my life has given me a gentleness and kindness and ability to offer compassion to my clients in a way that many have not experienced before. When you work with me, you will experience my empathy, acceptance and warmth as we work together to collaboratively get you to the place you want to be in your life.

When I am not with my clients, you can find me juggling many roles and responsibilities as a mother of 3 teenagers, driving an endless mama carpool, reading, meditating, writing, hiking, and even hugging a tree or two. I love living in the Pacific Northwest and exploring a city that I feel lucky to call home.

Finding a good fit is super important when selecting a therapist.

Here's a little more information about me to help you in your decision making process:

Experience

I counsel individuals and couples in private practice in the Tigard/SW Portland area.

 

I am the Assistant Clinical Director and Co-Founder of Solutions Therapy Pacific Northwest, where I counsel individuals and couples in private practice in the Tigard/SW Portland area.

I counsel students at Linfield College part-time.

Prior to private practice, I successfully completed a clinical internship at Individual and Family Matters Counseling Clinic, where I provided therapy to a diverse client base.

I have completed a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Fox University and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Southern Oregon University.

I have additional training in Maternal Mental Health, Mindfulness and Relationships, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment,  Trauma Informed Care, Crisis Intervention and Grief and Loss. 

I am a Professional Counselor Registered Intern (#R4755)  with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and work under the supervision of John Diehl, LMFT, LCSW. I am happy to explain this arrangement further.

I am a current member of Postpartum Support International, The American Counseling Association and The American College Counseling Association.

I currently volunteer with Baby Blues Connection, providing support, information and resources for parents coping with perinatal mood disorders.

Before my foray into clinical practice I worked in the field of Human Resources and Higher Education, both roles giving me experience working with people in various life-stages and transitions.

Qualifications

2017

Co-Founder/Assistant Clinical Director

Solutions Therapy Pacific Northwest

2017

MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

George Fox University

2016-2017

Clinical Internship

Individual and Family Matters Counseling Clinic