Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Dwyer.
Kimberly, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started my path towards being a psychologist by receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fairfield University. After working a year as a supported work and training counselor for adults with developmental disabilities, I knew I was passionate about serving others through this field and entered a clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Nova Southeastern University.
With a generalist background, I moved to Colorado to complete an APA accredited internship at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, working with adults, teens, and children. My husband and I fell in love with the area and decided to remain in Colorado and raise our family here.
My early career jobs included working as a school-based psychologist, which entailed developing accommodations for students with learning difficulties, consulting with parents, faculty, and staff, and coordinating psychoeducational interventions for general wellness. Additionally, I worked in an outpatient psychiatric clinic offering individual therapy and assessment services.
In 2009, I started my independent psychology practice, Dwyer Psychological Services. I have two areas of specialization: assessment and treatment. In terms of assessment, I primarily work with children and teens for assessment of learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental issues, with a large focus on providing recommendations for educationally relevant interventions and accommodations. In treatment, my specialization is using mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy for the treatment of anxiety, anxiety disorders, stress, and transition. While I work with all ages, my focus at this time is supporting adult women. I view transition as a time of boundless possibility and help people to understand and manage the stresses that arise during these times so that they can embrace the next steps in their journey.
Another branch of my work is providing coaching and consultation to business builders in the helping fields. I coach mental health providers to build their own practices that are emotionally and financially sustainable and allow them to serve their communities using their unique skillset and values. I am passionate about building a network of skilled, compassionate, and joyful mental health providers with thriving businesses as it serves our greater community and provides the very needed resources for a healthier world.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I definitely had some challenges in growing my own practice. As a clinical psychologist, I had a great deal of experience in treatment and assessment, but not a lot of background in running a business. After trial and error, I figured out that what worked best for me and my business may not have been the same business model as other therapists whom I knew. And ultimately, that was okay as I learned to let my own values inform my business policies. Growing a rich network of professional colleagues was also key to growing my business and provided me with the support of other professionals for referral and consultation. I’m now passionate about helping other mental health providers to increase their business acumen and build emotionally and financially sustainable private practices.
We’d love to hear more about your practice.
My goal as a provider is to meet my clients where they are now and help them to set actionable goals. Sometimes this requires learning new skills or shifting mindset, which we work on in therapy. But I ultimately believe that therapy happens not during the hour in my office, but in the ways, clients use what we’ve worked on together out in the world as they live their day-to-day lives.
My work stands out from others due to my creativity. Creativity allows me to make difficult to understand concepts accessible and relatable to my clients. It allows me to join with children and teens through creative use of board games, through drawing and doodling, through storytelling, and through metaphor and analogy. In the coaching and consultation side of my business, creativity allows me to produce attractive materials, web design, and blog content that serves professionals as they look for tools to grow their business.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I have always been interested in more creative pursuits such as arts and crafts, cooking, and design. You’d often find me at the kitchen table working on a craft project or in the kitchen experimenting with recipes. Academically, science and writing were always key interests of mine. Psychology was a perfect blend of my skills and interests as it provided a method of scientific inquiry into human behavior while allowing for creativity to inform interventions. I write a variety of ways through my work and for different audiences: learning evaluations that are geared towards parents and school personnel, as well as blog articles and books designed for professionals and for a general lay audience.
- Address: 2305 E Arapahoe Rd, Suite 250
- Website: www.drkimdwyer.com
- Phone: 720-441-4858
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org