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Joy Kimmins

M.A.- Level Intern

Joy Kimmins a Christian Counselor in Colorado Springs

Specialties

  • divorce/separation
  • grief/loss
  • interpersonal/communication issues
  • life transitions
  • spiritual direction
  • veteran and military families
  • first responders
  • couples/relationships

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Client focus

Age

  • teenagers 
  • adults (18+)
  • seniors (65+)

counseling type

  • individuals 
  • couples
  • family

“To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1

Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

I believe that therapy works! When I went through therapy myself, I grew as a person and discovered my values. It opened my eyes to what wasn’t working for me and helped me own the solutions that would align with my values and kickstart the changes I needed.

I found I needed to brainstorm with a non-biased person within a collaborative, supportive relationship. Now that I’m a therapist myself, I want to serve in that capacity for you.

Therapy isn’t a high-pressure, lay-out-all-your-problems, knock-them-out-as-quickly-as-possible environment. Emotions take time, and sometimes so does therapy. Especially in the area of grief, the process of healing can be complex and is always unique to you and your story. I believe that in grief there is room for all emotions–laughter remembering funny stories, anger at the loss, disappointment, or tears. It’s all part of the process.

What to Expect in Therapy

During the first session, we will dig into the hard stuff. What’s bringing you into therapy? Do you feel a disconnect in your life or relationships? Do you feel overwhelmed by the loss of a person or situation? We will examine the different aspects of your story to define the area that needs the most care.

I am here for you, wherever you are on your journey. I’m excited to cheer you on in your successes, and challenge you in your growth. During therapy, expect that I will hold you to your values, hold space for your emotions, and celebrate all the wins along the way.

Personal Qualifications and Experience

I graduated with my Masters in Counseling degree from Wayland Baptist University in 2015. During my internship there, I worked with a hospice organization caring for loved ones whose family members had passed. Even before then, my personal experience with hospice opened my eyes to the power of having someone there to care during a very vulnerable time. The nurses and volunteers allowed us space to grieve and enjoy our loved ones before they passed, and I knew I wanted to give back in this way during my clinical experience.

After graduation, I worked for an organization that served women in need, assisting them with transitions out of homelessness or incarceration. I also spent a number of years volunteering as a Key Spouse with the US Air Force, acting as a liaison between the commander and military families. A former EMT and veteran myself, I have a huge heart for military families, first responders, and anyone who serves their community and country.

Personal Interests

I live in Colorado Springs with my husband, three kids and black lab! We love being active, whether hiking, biking, weight-lifting or exploring new places. For our downtime, we love roasting marshmallows by the fire and listening to my husband play guitar.

“Where words fail, music speaks”- Hans Christian Andersen

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”- Abraham Maslow

Proverbs 4:23: Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

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