Kimberly Mathis, LMFT

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Walking into my office is a big deal – you’re putting your trust in someone you haven’t met before, and attempting to be honest and vulnerable about what is going on in your life. I get it. That’s why I want you to get a sense of who I am, and whether or not I’m good fit for you, before you ever step through the door. (If you’re looking for all my professional degrees and credentials, that information is here too. You’ll just need to scroll to the bottom to find it.)

I’m a feminist therapist who loves to work with women’s issues (especially the intersection of self + motherhood). Why? Because I’ve become  aware that every difficult period of my life – figuring out what to study in school, changing professional programs, moving overseas, getting divorced, launching a private practice – has been complicated by ideas, norms, beliefs, and assumptions of what it means to be a successful, loving, and good woman. 

I have figured out that I can more easily be the wife, mother, friend, professional, and woman I desire to be by loving myself more completely, and by letting go of old beliefs, rules, and narratives that aren’t working for me. It’s been a skill I’ve had to build, and I now pass that knowledge on to my clients so that they don’t have to waste any more time doing things that don’t work

Because I’ve done so much work on my own, I know how much energy and vulnerability it takes to start doing the work in the first place. That’s why I work best with women who are so tired of being unhappy that they’re ready to do some work. I won’t be able to change you. YOU change you. And I’m thrilled to support you in doing that.

I’m not the therapist who will sit quietly and say nothing during your session. I like to jump right in with you. I’m happy to push you when you seem ready for it. I’ll be honest and open with you. And in session, you can talk about anything – relationships, sex, children, good [and bad] experiences… Nothing is taboo.

And to answer a common question about whether or not I know what I’m doing, I’ll list all my professional stats below. I’ve had extensive training, and lots of varied experience with seasoned, successful advisors. I love what I do, and I’m really good at it.

Here are my professional stats:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (2007): Major in Psychology, from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Minor in Philosophy & Religion: Religious Studies. Departmental Honors thesis: Support for Reverse Developmental Trends: A Correlation Between Memory Errors. Departmental Honors Project, Department of Psychology.

  • Master of Arts Degree (2009): Counseling, with a concentration in Marriage & Family Therapy, from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.

  • License for Marriage & Family Therapy in the State of TN, License #1544.

  • Clinical experience in college counseling centers, community mental health agencies, and private practice, with a variety of ages, issues, and phases of life.

  • Completion of an elective 8-week, intensive course on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.

  • Completion of the PSI and 2020 Mom Professional Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training.

     

And here’s some more info:

I’m the founder of Clarity Women’s Counseling Center in Chattanooga, TN, where I help women navigate through challenging stages of life. I specialize in life transitions (adulthood, motherhood, relationships), as well as challenges for women in business, and private practice issues for mental health professionals.

The letters after my name stand for “Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist”, which mean I’ve satisfied requirements for TN licensure. I like to use a mix of approaches in my work, but all involve changing the way clients interact with their thought processes. Because of my own experiences in motherhood – including postpartum depression after the birth of my second daughter – I’ve devoted a lot of my work to women who are in that same phase of life.