Dr. Kimberly Hubinger

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Kimberly Hubinger

Hey! I’m Dr. Kimberly Hubinger! I’m a postdoctoral fellow and specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and loneliness. I approach therapy from a client-centered and interpersonal perspective, incorporating brief psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and existential therapies to tailor treatment to the client. I place value on building an empathic and collaborative therapeutic relationship, providing a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere. I have an easy-going, genuine style and strive to create a compassionate therapeutic environment. I believe a safe environment is key to explore therapeutic issues and place an emphasis on my goal of helping while empowering the clients to strive and help themselves, rather than creating a dependent relationship.

Anxiety
We learn who we are, who others are, and who the world is through our attachment style as well as interactions with others. The therapeutic relationship provides a secure base for the client. I utilize Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IP) to facilitate pattern recognition and block maladaptive patterns through the interpersonal process as a way to learn new patterns to reduce general anxiety, panic attacks, and social anxiety.

Depression
The feelings associated with depression can feel overwhelming at times. Mindfulness has been found to support self-care and enhance resiliency, along with significantly reducing depression. Additionally, increasing mindfulness promotes acceptance of the self as an individual and improvements in self-worth and self-compassion. More specifically, research on mindfulness has identified these benefits: reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory, focus, less emotional reactivity, more cognitive flexibility. Let’s work together toward making these improvements in your life so you can feel better!

Loneliness
I strive to help individuals create a more positive self-identity. As we experience triggers and difficult situations, our mood fluctuates. These changes in mood and emotional distress are a normal part of life. However, when we struggle with our identity, or when we realize our values are one sided (e.g. being a workaholic), it can lead to emotional loneliness and isolation – even if we’re around people most of the day. Lets collaborate and work together to get you feeling more connected to those around you, meeting new people, and creating authentic relationships.

Hey! I’m Dr. Kimberly Hubinger! I emphasize finding balance, increasing the mind-body connection, and promoting self-compassion. In other words, I work to help individuals discover a mind body connection as a way to promote being in tune with their emotions. It is only when we are in tune with ourselves as a whole, that we are then able to challenge maladaptive patterns and grow to a healthier whole individual. I value placing an emphasis on treating the person as a whole rather than placing an emphasis on a disorder.

Finding Balance
I have a passion for helping others find a sense of balance in their lives. As a society we have the tendency to over-work, compare ourselves to others, and lose sight of what is important to us. I assist my clients in finding a balance in our wants, needs, and desires – and learning to prioritize ourselves first. It is only through prioritizing ourselves are we truly able to help others without risking burnout.

Mind-body Connection
A mind-body connection means that our body responds to the way we think, feel, and act. Good emotional health includes having an awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to learn adaptive ways to cope with everyday stress and problems. Many things that disrupt our emotional health can happen and can lead to strong feelings of sadness, stress, or anxiety. Even positive changes can feel as stressful as unwanted changes. When we feel stressed, anxious, or upset, our body reacts in a way that might tell us that something isn’t right. Poor emotional health can weaken our body’s immune system. Together we’ll work together to bring awareness to how your mind may be affecting your body so you can get to a state of less calmness and comfort.

Self-compassion
In the world of social media and accessibility to feel involved in the lives of so many different individuals, it is easy to fall into a spiral of comparing ourselves to others. It can be common to feel as if something is missing from our lives and in turn makes us feel bad about ourselves or life. This process leads to overall increases in depression and envy and decreases well-being. Developing an awareness of how comparing ourselves to others affects our overall functioning can lead us to become a more confident, satisfied self. I believe a warm, validating therapeutic stance is especially important to help individuals feel less ashamed in their early phase of treatment.

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