Kimberly Clapp M.S. M.A. C.R.C. M.F.T.
Marriage & Family Therapist
Question to Ponder When Considering Therapy
- Do you find yourself getting dysregulated often?
- Feeling overwhelmed?
- Feeling stuck, anxious, having difficulty making decisions?
- Restless, irritable and discontent?
- Do you reach for food or alcohol/drugs as a way of coping?
A Passion for Helping People
I have a passion for helping people achieve more fulfillment and balance in their lives. I use empathy and insight to address each person's unique individual needs, and to help them make more intuitive and authentic choices in their lives. I help others discover and unlock negative thoughts and patterns of the past, allowing them to focus on the present, feel more fulfilled, and achieve goals for the future.
How Working with a Stress Specialist May Help
- Acquiring useful coping skills
- Learn coping skills that have positive consequences versus negative effects
- Feeling fulfilled
- Life stressors are more manageable
- Recognizing triggers and the ability to regulate yourself
- Learn how to incorporate mindfulness techniques
Five Strategies for Stress
- HALT – If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, triggered to revert to unhealthy coping mechanisms or to self medicate, HALT and reflect on how you are feeling. Are you hungry, angry, lonely or tired? Take the time to eat, sleep, breath, call a safe person, exercise, and/or write in a journal.
- Breath – Breathing is an obvious stress reliever but one we often forget. Take a few minutes to take 3-5 deep breaths from your belly, in through your nose and out through your nose or in through your nose and out through your mouth. This can be done anywhere and can reduce stress. Placing reminders in your car, at your desk and around your house will help you to stay mindful of your need to breathe. Take notice throughout the day, are you holding your breath? What is going on around you or within you to cause this?
- Move – Take a five to ten minute walk, stand up at your desk and stretch, move around your living space. Exercise and movement can help reduce stress.
- Thoughts – Are you obsessing on a person, place or situation? Is it causing you a great deal of stress? Every time that thought (s) pops into your mind visualize a giant red stop sign and silently or out loud say stop. Think of something that calms you, person, place or situation, after you say stop visualize that calming thought. It takes practice but over time it can help you to reduce obsessive thoughts and subsequently lower your stress.
- Often times self care comes last or not at all, you can suffer greatly because of this. If you are finding it difficult to take care of yourself perhaps therapy could help you to uncover the underlying issues behind this. Psychotherapy can help people to uncover, discover and discard old ideas, it is through this process that change can occur.