Kimberly Dickenson, MA
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, non-judgment 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 teen and "teeni-ish" children, 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:
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.
Co-Founder/Assistant Clinical Director
Solutions Therapy Pacific Northwest
MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
George Fox University
Individual and Family Matters Counseling Clinic