About Kimberly Ann Perlin, LCSW-C
So, who is this stranger who wants you to bear your soul?
I have been listening to people’s stories for as long as I can remember. I am the one the homeless guy talks to, the sad guy at the party sits near, and I know the woman in the grocery store line just left her husband. As a child those stories always stayed with me. On the regular I was called too sensitive – nowadays we would say I am a highly sensitive person (HSP). I naturally talk about what others can’t or won’t talk about. In Catholic school I was a frequent flyer for the desk in the corner because I had too much to say. I was lectured by mostly well-intentioned adults about how I needed to keep my mouth shut. It took a long time to see my skills as listener and speaking the unspoken as actual gifts I was meant to use.
What about my life outside of therapy?
I am a mother, wife, daughter, stepmother, sister, aunt, mother in law and Mimi. I come from a long line of outspoken women. I volunteer for giant breed dog rescues. I love sunlight, all things family, friends that make me laugh, podcasts, books, the outdoors, and good food.
What therapy approaches show up in my work?
EMDR, DBT & CBT, Schema therapy, Relational Life Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Nonviolent Communication, the Gottman research, the work of Ester Perel and Brene Brown. I am constantly expanding my skill set as I love to learn so this is not an all inclusive list.
When is Kimberly not a good fit?
I do not work with those in active addiction or early recovery as individual therapy is not the model for best practices. I am unable to provide services for those suffering from an eating disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder as that is not my specialty. I do not have training to effectively treat those who are diagnosed as on the autism spectrum. Those that are exclusively suffering from a panic disorder would be better served by a more specialized clinician. Due to the limits of my availability, I cannot accommodate a school schedule – I am not treating children under 18 at this time. Currently, I am not providing couples or family therapy. If you schedule is such that you require weekend or evening appointments after 5 PM, I am not your gal.
If this is the end of our time together do yourself a favor and don’t give up. The therapist you need is out there.