Darlene K. Kimmel, LPC
Education & credentials
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary /Special Education, PA
- Masters of Counseling, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI
- Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Michigan
- Trauma-Informed Certified, University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education
At one time or another, many of us feel as though our lives are becoming unmanageable. I believe that therapy is about change- change in the way we think, react, and/or behave in our circumstances. The relationship between client and therapist is the basis for that change. However, it does not stop there. The client must feel safe in an environment where empathy, freedom to explore, and mutual respect abound. It is my goal to provide each person who comes to Perspectives the opportunity to make those changes. By working together, we will tackle the hard and not so hard issues that are preventing you from experiencing a more joyful life.
My theoretical framework of choice is cognitive-behavioral therapy. This approach allows for effective and relatively fast relief for clients as we explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are leading to problems in their life. It is my goal to provide clients a pleasant and non- threatening atmosphere where change is possible. I will serve as a compassionate cheerleader for clients who are looking to bravely shift their thinking and behaviors to bring about greater peace and satisfaction in their world.
- Anxiety Management
- Stress and Anger Management
- Parenting Issues
- Substance Abuse
- Couples Therapy
- Grief/Loss Issues
- Co-Occurring Disorders
What do you love doing more than anything in the world?
I love to spend time with my adult daughter and extended family. I have six sisters, three brothers, 21 nieces /nephews, and 13 great nieces/nephews and one on the way!!!!
What is the self-care strategy you use most often?
I find exercise to be my very best strategy for anxiety and stress. A good massage is also helpful!!
What was your dream job when you were in elementary school?
I always wanted to be an actress!!
What is your favorite movie of all time?
Mama Mia…I love the music!!!!
Describe your ideal vacation? Has it happened yet?
Yes…I love Hawaii for its’ beauty and casualness!!!
What is the most delicious meal you can imagine?
The Thanksgiving Day meal with turkey and all of the fixings is my favorite meal.. I eat whatever I want without guilt and that includes cherry pie!!!!!