Kimberly Zeszutek, LPC

Kimberly Zeszutek, LPC (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Lets find new ways of being that feel aligned with who you really are. Address PTSD, ASD, emotion dysregulation, relationship skills.

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

503-558-6809

97222

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $60-$120

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2015

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

Clients often come to me when they are feeling misunderstood by others, and they struggle to understand themselves. When there has been trauma experienced, PTSD, and they want to have insight of how it impacts them and how to recover. Often individuals who identify with neurodiversity/ASD find me to recover from chronic invalidation from ablest environments. Also for those who are looking for support with shedding self-invalidation or thoughts of unworthiness and decreasing suicidal thoughts.

My Approach to Helping

*Friday and Tuesday openings for individual therapy, accepting waitlist for groups* My style and practice align with adults, young adults, and adolescents. I provide a healthy balance of concrete skills with a new age informed approach. Sessions are co-created, meaning lead by your needs with therapist insight and challenges to help with growth. I am experienced in supporting complex emotions, transitions, relationships, suicidal ideation, self harm, depression, anxiety, and learning differences. Together, we will reflect on the past and how it effects the present, practice healthier thinking patterns, and learn effective coping strategies. Skills are introduced to improve relationships, and balancing obligations (family, work, school, fun). Ecotherapy is introduced to liven the environment and integrate the healing powers of nature. I also offer seasonal neurodiversity social groups! My services are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and Psychedelic friendly.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

My career in counseling began in 2007, when I graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Spending a few years in the Rocky Mountains, in 2014, I earned my Masters in Counseling at Regis University, Denver. I am heavily influenced by my internship which allowed exploration of ecopsychology. My background as a counselor includes ABA therapy for children diagnosed with Autism, residential counseling for adults with severe and persistent mental illness, domestic violence shelter advocacy, crisis response therapy, and DBT for teens and families. I have extensive training with a Full Fidelity DBT Model, however do not provide full Fidelity DBT in this practice. I have supported individuals and families in clinical center settings, home therapy, and outdoor adventure camps. My specialization has developed into supporting those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, understanding neurodiversity, major life transitions, and/or behavior changes.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • EcoTherapy External link

    I bring experience from ecopsychology research, trainings, and passion for integrating nature into daily life. Since the beginning of my career, have been supported by ecotherapy mentors who have encouraged me to explore the ways nature can be brought into the therapy room. This has evolved into creating ecotherapy collections and activities unique in my therapeutic practice. Stay tuned as I am creating an Urban Ecotherapy Garden location.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    I value mindfulness as a part of daily life, and I have participated in many retreats and mindful practices. It was a perfect match when my clinical internship taught me the process of leading mindfulness for others, and integrating mindfulness as one of the primary DBT skills. Applying formal and informal mindfulness into daily life helps connect one with community, self, and feeling alive.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) External link

    I have been trained and supervised by programs specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Within sessions, we discuss mindfulness and skill building to identify and understand emotions, tolerate stress and difficult social interactions. It is my belief that by actively applying DBT strategies, individuals become empowered, and thus more able to create an atmosphere promoting the achievement of personal goals.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Suicidal Ideation External link

    Working with suicide since 2014, I am confident and skilled in approaching and supporting suicidal idealization for adolescents and adults. I support the zero suicided initiative for increasing discussion of SI to increase safety. I have extensive experience with high risk clients and supporting them into skill building, tolerating stress, and choosing thoughts of life rather than thoughts of death. I approach suicidal idealization and self-harm with a balance of empathy, concern, and hope.

  • PTSD External link

    My structure of therapy follows Judith Herman’s theory of care for Complex Trauma integrated with concepts of behaviorism, such as consciously building skills to be able to successfully influence PTSD symptoms and have the skills to process trauma. I understand how traumatic events can surface into someone’s daily life as symptoms of nightmares, flashbacks, emotional dysregulation, suicidal thoughts, self-invalidation, self-harm, depression, and/or anxiety.

  • Autism External link

    Since 2007, I have developed a style of skill building and supportive therapy for those who identify with Neurodiversity and the Autism Spectrum. Many of these individuals have had to navigate against the grain of a neurotypical societies expectations. My goal is to assist individuals to become empowered by their neurodiversity, and to apply their value and strengths towards their personal goals and to over all positive growth of society.

  • Depression External link

    Depression is a common experience of many individuals in our culture due to trauma, expectations, and the value of individualism. Approaching depression with ecotherapy creates opportunities for reconnecting with the authentic self, the earth, and your community. I also recognize the struggle in depression by emphasizing safety planning for suicidal ideation and strengthening protective factors.

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