Using paper planners in therapy.
Kimberly receives her M.S. in Counseling Psychology in October of 2018. Her interest and expertise lie in the area of trauma resolution and chronic pain management in children and adults. She specializes in using evidence-based somatic and mind-body therapies with clients.
She is a trauma-based clinical yoga therapist who spent nearly 3 years developing yoga therapy programs in the U.S. Army’s first Interdisciplinary Pain Management program. During her time as a civilian provider, she helped manage and facilitate the Intensive Outpatient Program at Dwight D Eisenhower Army Medical Center to help reduce the use of opioids among service members. She worked with patients healing from chronic pain, trauma, drug and alcohol addiction and treatment resistant conditions.
Following her time with the Army, she created a non-profit organization to provide yoga-based therapies for military and veterans recovering from service-based conditions such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma and drug and alcohol use. She was awarded a local grant to implement a yoga-based treatment program for military sexual trauma in 2016.
Kim’s clinical training in trauma resolution includes the study of evidence-based techniques by leading experts including Dr. Bessel van Der Kolk and Dr. Peter Levine.
Previously she worked with children and teens healing from trauma and attachment issues, developed social skills groups for special needs children, and implemented her programs in schools.
She lives in Martinez GA with her two boys and two dogs. She loves hiking and backpacking, watersports and is a life-long student of yoga.
Take a moment to think about the last time you put your child diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder in time out. Ask yourself the following questions:
Did my child willing go to time out without screaming or talking back?
How long did my child stay in their room, seated in one place, without destroying the room or falling asleep?
How long did the naughty step work?
How long did it take for my child to walk away from the corner?
If you have no issues or concerns with time out and was able to provide a positive answer to all the above questions, congratulations on your parenting skills! Now for the rest of you having some trouble surrounding time out lets move forward.
Sending a child to time-out can cause increased defiant behaviors, emotional breakdowns or an aggressive tantrums. Finding alternative ways to refocus the behaviors and frustration becomes very important. Utilizing a tool called the “Calming Jar” can become an effective method to calming down and control defiant and emotional behaviors. The jar is mixed with water and glitter. The child shakes the jar and they are challenged with watching the glitter as it settles. This will allow the child to transition into a calming state.
The process of using the calming jar starts when the jar is made. I recommend the calming jar be created with the child, in order for them to take ownership of the jar. This will also allow an opportunity for you as the parent to fully explain the purpose of the calming jar. The jar can have multiple uses that will best benefit your child. For example you can utilize the jar as a time during play or reading time.
Below are instructions on how to create your calming jar.
Jar or Plastic bottle
Add everything to the jar or bottle. Use warm water and give it a good shake to get the glue mixed in well.