My name is
Kim (she/her) and I'm here to help guide you in overcoming life's challenges
It's never easy to seek help for your mental health needs. I'm here to guide you through this process and provide support through your pain, recovery, transition, and path to improvement.
Life can be hard at times; you can feel lost and vulnerable. You may want to give up or feel just burnt out. Whether you change jobs, leave a difficult relationship, lose a special person in your life, experience grief, move away, or are adjusting to a new way of life, it can be tough to get through. We want to find our true authentic selves and feel good instead of feeling the weight of the world on our shoulders.
Some of us strive for excellence and perfection to the point that we have unhealthy thoughts and habits, experience pressure to always perform at high levels, and meet demands from others that may damage our health – we start to feel we cannot sustain this level of effort in all areas of our life. This leaves us feeling down, feeling stressed, struggling to manage our emotions, hurting relationships we do not mean to, and putting our needs and self-care on the back burner. We often feel a sense of imposter syndrome where we believe we do not deserve the success and happiness we are experiencing; it becomes a barrier created by us and affects our ability to achieve success and happiness.
You and I can work through these difficulties together. I work with adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, identity issues, anger problems, PTSD, and challenges while in a life transition. I love helping high performers increase their resilience and enhance their performance. I offer tailored organizational high-performance presentations and workshops to maximize potential. As a veteran myself, I especially enjoy working with other veterans. The change process begins with you. Let’s do this together, I’m here with you!
Kimberly Ernst, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, is a veteran who served 15 years in the Air Force and continues to serve in the Reserves. Having lived on three different continents during her time in the military has allowed her to interact with multiple cultures and people of diverse backgrounds. During her educational path, she completed her Bachelor of Sociology at the American Military University and her Master of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) with honors. Her specialties are military mental health, high-performance consulting, PTSD, life transitions, anxiety, life coaching, and trauma. Kim is a lifelong learner and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology to build professional knowledge in leadership, teams, and performance. She promotes health holistically and teaches indoor cycling part-time. Kim is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, and she is informed on Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy. At this time, Kimberly is offering telehealth sessions only.