Kimberly Hanson, MA, LPC, RPT

(she/her/hers)

EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, an empath, and a true Myers Briggs, INFJ type with a kind face and a heart of gold, I am a champion of the oppressed, downtrodden, or the underdog. I am deeply motivated by a committed desire to find solutions to people related issues. I also recognize that trauma, chronic pain and illness, anxiety, depression, or other mood and behavioral problems do not need to define you or your life. I understand how it feels to be lost in your identity when society, religion, family, or others have told you who to be, how to behave, and what to think. Life is hard sometimes, and bad things happen to all of us. It can be challenging to make sense of it all and navigate through the process of letting go and moving on. As a lifelong learner, I love to meet people who share my passions and interests while attending a workshop, seminar, or retreat. I have prayed, sung, played, danced, painted, and created my way through life and hardship. It is through these experiences that I am stronger, healthier, and more resilient than I have ever been. As a survivor that has overcome my own share of trauma, loss, depression, and anxiety, I am a supporter and strong advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. I walked in the first Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention in Washington, DC in 2002 and support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I’ve also helped quite a few people “off the ledge.” I have spent most of my life caring, mentoring, counseling, and educating others. I prize what makes each person unique and special, and how humans can overcome challenges with such great resolve and strength. I firmly hold that every life has worth, value, and purpose and that each person has the capacity to create. I view some of the most valuable moments of therapy are when “the light bulb turns on.” I love when these realizations allow you to put all the pieces together and utilize the insight and skills learned to cultivate practical and lasting change. This is when the truth becomes real and the heart begins to be restored. I believe that beauty comes from within, and that one of the most profound ways to center oneself is to be in the solitude and serenity of nature. I, too, know firsthand how the power and presence of animals does wonders for the soul and the mood. I also believe in the healing power of prayer, creative expression, the imagination, laughter and play as a fundamental process to mental health and overall wellbeing.

Education & Experience

I received my Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2016 as a restart on the second phase of my life, but I have decades of experience in special education, leadership, community service, women’s mentorship, ministry, and counseling. I hold undergraduate degrees in Special Education and Theater, as well as Interior Design. While in my undergraduate program, I was the Executive Director for the first Annual Very Special Arts Festival in the Shenandoah Valley that has continued three decades later! I also have experience with both therapeutic riding programs for special needs children and EAGALA certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. I have worked in both residential and outpatient programs for a variety of populations, age ranges, diagnosis and medical conditions, including those with challenges such as Autism, ADHD, attachment and relationship issues, brain injury, behavioral and cognitive difficulties, emotional challenges, physical limitations, as well as trauma, grief and loss. I am a trauma specialist trained in TF-CBT, DBT and an EMDRIA approved Certified EMDR Therapist, an Expressive Arts Therapist, Registered Play Therapist and Certified AutPlay™ Therapy provider, as well as Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional in holistic health and wellness practices. Because talk therapy does not always access the emotional wounding and other deep places of the psyche and heart that words cannot express, I incorporate a variety of multi-sensory, body/breath, mindfulness-based, and creative methods in sessions. These methods are effective, evidence based models and include EMDR, Expressive Arts Therapy, directive and non-directive play therapy approaches, Internal Family Systems(IFS), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), among other interventions to achieve optimum results.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Association for Play Therapy (APT) EMDRIA Institute for Creative Mindfulness Integrative Practitioner

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • Group
  • Veterans/Military

Language

  • English