Education: Kimberlee attended the St Francis School of Nursing where she became a Registered Nurse. She then attended the University of Illinois whe she completed a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Kimberlee went on to attend the University of Kansas to complete her Masters of Social Work. She later completed a Certificate in Play Therapy at Mid-America Nazarene University.
Experience: Kimberlee’s initial career was in nursing, and for 14 years she worked in a variety of clinical settings in the Chicago area. This laid the foundation for the way she thinks and approaches clients now, seeking to be continuously aware of the underlying medical and physiological impact of our bodies and how habits of our lives influence and develop strong mental health habits and practices. Kimberlee’s therapy practice includes not only working with children but with those who are experiencing complex medical conditions, preparing individuals for end of life transitions.
When her young son was diagnosed with severe autism a variety of factors led Kimberlee to return to school for her Master’s Degree in Social Work, and then completion of her clinical licensure. She worked in private practice for 9 years, and worked in the public school system for 10 years; it was during that time that the magic of play therapy entered Kimberlee’s life through the CPT program at Mid-America. She is currently in private practice again at the same office and work with children and their families, ages 2-16. As mentioned, she also works with adults experiencing complex medical needs.
In the school district Kimberlee learned much about the special needs populations, and as a parent of a child with severe autism, her life has been shaped and formed by autism and the complexities that go along with this disorder. She is confident in her skills in play therapy, and in providing counseling for children in foster care who are seeking to integrate with a forever family. In addition, ADHD, anxiety, neglect and attachment disorders are among the many diagnoses in which she has a strong background. Also, Kimberlee utilizes art therapy techniques when working with children. She thinks through a Family Systems perspective and seek to integrate parents into the treatment of a child in every possible way. In addition, Kimberlee has been completing Adoption Home Studies for 20 years.
Kimberlee provides highly practical techniques for processing grief and loss and for stabilizing children with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. As a Christian, she incorporates her faith into her client work as requested by individual clients.