I’m Kimberli Whitman, a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) and I’d like to tell you a little about myself and my journey to become an AMFT working with individuals and families.
I love to see people doing well!– living happy, healthy and productive lives, as much as possible. The choices we make can help us to build the life we want, as well as help us accept when, despite our best efforts, things don’t turn out according to plan. This thought gives you a glimpse of how I spend my days and evenings at Choices Counseling & Skills Center. I spend it helping people figure out where they are in life and where they want to go. We discuss any obstacles in the way in a non-judgmental, collaborative setting and like the other therapists in our center, I do it because I care about people.
You might be wondering, what are my qualifications? I’m glad you asked!
My experience as a Lifestyle Educator and Wellness Coach at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena gave me 14 years of working in a behavior change program. It was there that I learned how to help people, honoring their wisdom and ability to transform their own lives, while giving them solicited, respectful and evidenced-based support. I assisted people with quitting smoking, attaining a fitness routine, as well as managing stress, to name a few health goals. I worked with people for months at a time, regularly assessing their progress and facilitating their moves toward sustaining healthy lifestyle changes. I did this while finishing a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Oaks College and later while attaining a master’s degree from the same institution. I couldn’t be happier to have the honor and privilege of walking alongside others as they take the sometimes very challenging road toward change for the better. For over a decade I offered my assistance as a Wellness Coach and now I’m delighted to offer my support as a therapist. What’s more, I am confident that Dialectical Behavior Therapy offers skills and hope to help individuals live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Hence, I am here! Perhaps, we will meet soon. All the best to you as you move forward on your life’s journey. – Kimberli Whitman
Kimberli Whitman is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist under the supervision of Patricia Gieselman, MFT #25498.