Kimberly Borden, LMFT - California Therapist at Grow Therapy

Kimberly Borden

Kimberly Borden

(they/them)

LMFT
7 years of experience
Warm
Open-minded
Authentic
Virtual

As a therapist, I would be honored to join you on your journey toward healing, self-discovery, and personal growth. Let me share what I bring to the therapeutic table and how our collaboration can benefit you immensely. First and foremost, I believe in each individual's incredible resilience and potential. I am dedicated to creating a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences freely. I will listen attentively and compassionately, fostering an environment of trust and understanding. Together, we will work towards unraveling your challenges and finding meaningful solutions. By embarking on this therapeutic journey with me, you can expect to: 1 - Gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your emotions, and your experiences. 2 - Develop healthier coping mechanisms and tools to manage life's challenges. 3 - Experience personal growth and self-empowerment. 4 - Cultivate more robust relationships and improve communication skills. 5 - Increase your self-confidence and self-esteem. 6 - Find inner peace, balance, and a sense of purpose. Therapy is a collaborative process, and active participation will be crucial in achieving the desired outcomes. I am committed to supporting and guiding you every step of the way, offering insights, encouragement, and practical strategies. If you feel ready to embark on this transformative journey toward healing and growth, I would be honored to be your therapist. Together, we will explore the depths of your inner world and help you discover the strength and resilience within. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or want to schedule an initial session. I am here to support you on your path to well-being.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

I will help you explore unresolved emotional wounds and traumas, providing a nurturing space to process and heal. We will work together to develop healthy coping mechanisms and practical strategies to manage stress, anxiety, depression, or any other emotional difficulties you may face. Ultimately, I aim to empower you to build resilience and find lasting emotional well-being. I approach therapy with deep empathy, acknowledging and validating your experiences without judgment. I believe in the power of unconditional positive regard, fostering an environment where you can feel safe to express yourself authentically. We will create a therapeutic alliance built on trust and mutual respect.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

I will help you explore unresolved emotional wounds and traumas, providing a nurturing space to process and heal. We will work together to develop healthy coping mechanisms and practical strategies to manage stress, anxiety, depression, or any other emotional difficulties you may face. Ultimately, I aim to empower you to build resilience and find lasting emotional well-being. Therapy is not just about addressing difficulties but also about embracing personal growth and self-improvement. I will support you in discovering your strengths, values, and aspirations, empowering you to make positive changes in your life. Together, we will unlock your full potential and create a path toward a more fulfilling and meaningful existence.

About Kimberly Borden

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Appointments

Virtual

My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Throughout my career as a mental health therapist, I have extensively used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients manage a range of psychological issues, including anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. My training in CBT has equipped me with the skills to identify and address the interconnectedness of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, which is central to this therapeutic approach. Application in Practice: Assessment and Goal Setting: I conduct thorough assessments in the initial sessions to understand the client's presenting issues, cognitive patterns, and emotional responses. We set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals tailored to the client's needs. Identifying and Challenging Cognitive Distortions: A core component of CBT involves identifying cognitive distortions such as overgeneralization, catastrophizing, and black-and-white thinking. I work with clients to challenge these unhelpful thoughts and replace them with more balanced and realistic perspectives. Behavioral Interventions: I incorporate various behavioral strategies to reinforce positive changes. This may include exposure therapy for anxiety, activity scheduling for depression, and response prevention for obsessive-compulsive behaviors. These interventions help clients gradually face and overcome their fears, increase engagement in pleasurable activities, and reduce compulsive behaviors. Skill Building: CBT emphasizes developing practical skills that clients can use to manage their symptoms. I teach clients techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness to help them cope with stress and anxiety. Problem-solving and assertiveness training are also integral parts of skill-building in CBT. Homework Assignments: To reinforce the work done in sessions, I assign homework that allows clients to practice CBT techniques in real-world situations. This might involve keeping thought records, conducting behavioral experiments, or practicing relaxation exercises. Monitoring Progress: Regularly reviewing progress is vital in CBT. I use tools like mood logs, progress charts, and session feedback to monitor changes and adjust treatment plans as necessary. This ensures that therapy remains focused and effective. Relapse Prevention: As clients make progress, I emphasize the importance of relapse prevention. We develop a maintenance plan that includes identifying potential triggers, reinforcing coping strategies, and planning for future challenges. Case Example: A recent client struggling with social anxiety benefitted greatly from CBT. Initially, they believed that others constantly judged them negatively. We challenged these thoughts through cognitive restructuring and tested them through behavioral experiments, such as initiating small conversations. Over time, the client's anxiety reduced significantly, and they developed greater confidence in social situations. By integrating these CBT techniques into my practice, I help clients understand their thought patterns and behaviors, empowering them to make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives.