Kimberly Adams is a Licensed Clinical Social Work in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She earned her Master’s Degree in Science from the Columbia University School of Social Work after completing field placements at Mercy Hospital in Chicago and Memorial Sloan-Kettering/New York Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. More recently, she simultaneously completed a year-long intensive training in CBT at CIBH and became certified in Dialectic Behavioral Therapist through Behavioral Tech, founded by the creator of DBT, Marcia Linehan, Ph.D. Ms. Adams is now a co-facilitator of the CIBH DBT-Adolescent Skills Group and provides both individual therapy and parent sessions and coaching for families attending this group.
Ms. Adams obtained supervision for her clinical license while working as a birth parent social worker at Adoptions Together in Silver Spring, Md, and as a psychotherapist in private practices in Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She has seen her practice evolve through the use of Evidence Based Therapy (EBT) and often works with clients for whom supportive counseling and therapy as usual has not led to lasting change. These clients tend to report rapid and meaningful results once therapy begins to focus on mindfulness, cognitive flexibility, chain analysis of problem behaviors, and formal and informal exposure to previously avoided experiences. Ms. Adams has a certificate in CBT-Insomnia and can assist clients who wish to discontinue medication while improving sleep quantity and quality.
Ms. Adams believes that diversity is life. She continually listens to understand the intersection of race, ethnicity, religion, family constellation, physical health and ability, socioeconomics, age, and SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) in a client’s individual experience. She maintains strong professional, volunteer, and community ties in the Lehigh Valley and beyond, and has presented about goal-setting and self-care to a range of organizations including Northampton County Children, Youth, and Families; Project CHILD; Amazon; and Chestnut Hill College in Germantown, Pa.
Research indicates that the most effective therapists maintain a Mindfulness practice of their own and maintain an identity separate from their professional role. Toward this end, Ms. Adams is an Ashtanga yoga student and deeply immerses herself in nature through day hiking, overnight backpacking, and native plant gardening. She is originally from Colorado and works in the winter as a professional ski instructor at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, Pa. In summer she is an LL Bean kayaking and paddleboarding instructor, based at Lake Nockamixon near Quakertown, Pa.
Ms. Adams works in collaboration with her clients to establish values-driven goals and to continually put what is learned in therapy into place in a client’s everyday life where it matters the most. She is caring as a professional and as a person and has a genuine, earthy style that helps clients realize they are in the right place to receive the treatment they seek.