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kimberly nefflen

M.A.- Level Intern

kimberly nefflen


  • women’s issues
  • depression/anxiety
  • grief/loss
  • self-esteem issues
  • interpersonal relationships
  • family dynamics
  • parenting
  • divorce/separation
  • spiritual formation and direction
  • conflict mediation

Client focus


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

counseling type

  • individuals
  • couples
  • family

 “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~Nelson Mandela

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” ~Aristotle

Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

Therapy is truly all about you! My goal is to cultivate a safe space for you to share your concerns, fears, and deep personal woundings. I believe that psychoeducation and identifying the things that are keeping you in bondage are foundational to your rebuilding process.

My therapeutic approach is rooted in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Reality/Choice Therapy. This approach allows you to look at the reality of your circumstances and apply choices that empower you toward healing. The lens that we use to view the world and our circumstances is monumental in shaping our behaviors, attitudes, and outcomes. Discovering and restructuring maladaptive thought patterns can help build a bridge to an overall healthier perspective.

I endeavor toward a collaborative and integrative approach to personal well-being for my clients. I look forward to walking with you on this important journey!

What to Expect in Therapy

Beginning therapy can feel like a risky endeavor. I know the assumption as a Christian counselor is that there’s going to be moral judgment. Many people worry they’re going to get a sermon if they meet with a Christian therapist. However, the integration of faith and science-based therapeutic approaches is tailored to your comfort level. Counseling is all about meeting you where you are at. My passion is to help you reach your personal goals.

I consider myself pragmatic, and it’s important to me that our time together is constructive and valuable to you. I employ an empathic and metrics-based, goal-oriented approach. Goals and strategies are developed collaboratively with you. My job is to help you assess what’s working and find the best steps toward freedom and healing.

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”~ Yogi Berra.

Personal Qualifications and Experience

I have a bachelor’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and a minor in Sociology.

I was married for over 22 years and am familiar with some of the difficulties and challenges when navigating life transitions. I have enjoyed involvement in my church, especially working with youth. I also have experience volunteering as a court-appointed special advocate in the court system for kids involved in abuse and neglect cases.

I am currently a graduate student at CCU, working on my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.

Personal Interests

I have lived in beautiful Colorado for 10 years. I enjoy the great outdoors, hiking, biking, and tennis. After raising 2 grown children, I have an empty nest, except for my mini-Goldendoodle, Palmer. I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends at cafés, restaurants, and dinner parties. I also love to play dominoes! Taking time for the simple pleasures in life that feed our souls is priceless.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19

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