Mrs. Kim Shirk, LPC

(she/her/hers)

About Me

Life is complicated and often difficult. We all have difficulty at times in our life, we make mistakes, have struggles, and may even regret things from our past. Some of us have experienced abuse, mental health issues, addiction, or dysfunctional relationships. It is important for me to honor your past, listen to your story and respect your beliefs. I am committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental environment that fosters self-exploration, collaboration, encourages growth, restores wholeness, provides hope and peace.

Education & Experience

I am a licensed professional counselor with over 20 years' experience. My background includes education and experience as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and Recreation/Expressive Therapist. I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), NADA (Auricular acupuncture) and as a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher). I see clients for a variety of reasons including first responders, trauma, grief, depression, anxiety and life changes. I also specialize in working with women with any pregnancy issues (infertility, perinatal and postnatal), including postpartum depression.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Kim has volunteered with Pro Deo Youth Center, Lakeland Community Church and Magpies Studio. Kim is also active in the counseling community, offering art consultation groups to fellow counselors as an outlet for self-care, support and encouragement for fellow counselors in the area.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military

Language

  • English

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Magellan Health
  • Medicaid
  • TRICARE
  • UnitedHealth