Kimberly Schmidt Bevans LMHC - Counselor in Brooline MA 02446

Kimberly Schmidt Bevans
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, BC-DMT

Accepting new clients

Kim has been everything that I have needed in a therapist: kind, resourceful, compassionate, and has a great sense of humor... I have never felt as heard or as cared for as I do in Kim’s office."

- Boston University alum '12 (2017)

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    About Kim

  • Expertise in trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, and life transitions
  • Practices dance/movement therapy, existential therapy, mindfulness practices, and psychodynamic therapy
  • Works with college students and adults
  • Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist; specializes in mind-body and expressive therapy

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Kimberly Schmidt Bevans is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist in Brookline, MA. She has deep expertise in the use of mind-body and expressive therapies to help clients resolve trauma and heal difficult experiences held in the body. 

Kim works with college students and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, life transitions, and difficulties with stress management and communication. Her uniquely tailored body-centered approach incorporates breath work, mindful movement, grounding exercises, thought reframing, and expressive exploration. 

Kim invites clients to bring their bodies into therapy in order to identify unconscious patterns of tension and leave feeling more at peace. Her goal is to help clients achieve a greater sense of ease and comfort in their lives, and gently shift any negative body or thought patterns that may detract from living life in the present.

Kim's practice is open to people of any gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic or racial background.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"Everyone needs a safe place to be themselves. This becomes even more important if you are struggling in your life and looking to heal and grow. My priority with everyone I meet is to first hear you, see you, and understand. If you are struggling with not feeling like yourself, feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, angry, lost, confused, manic, or depressed coming to a place where you can bring all that you feel can be a life-altering experience. In my practice, being kind, accepting and compassionate come first. From there I guide a session to support you to understand yourself better and build skills. Skill building may include learning meditation and mindfulness, body-based coping skills, or mindfulness based cognitive behavioral exercises. Much of human communication and self-understanding is done at the body level. When we pay attention to the body or use music, images, clay or colors we can garner a deeper understanding of yourself, your needs and your strengths."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, August 2012 - Present
Habit OPCO, Substance Abuse Counselor, 2010 - 2012; Clinical Supervisor 2011-2012
South Bay Mental Health, Staff Therapist, 2009-2010

Columbia College Chicago, MA, Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling, 2008
Muhlenberg College, BA, Theatre & Dance, 2005

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Peripartum depression – Peripartum anxiety and depression; developing healthy attachment with infants

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Attachment Theory (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dance & Movement Therapy (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Parents

Languages

LANGUAGES

English


I have been a client of Kim’s for 4 years and I wish I had found her sooner. I cannot recommend her more highly! Kim has been everything that I have needed in a therapist: kind, resourceful, compassionate, and has a great sense of humor.

Kim has carefully helped me to navigate negative self-image, fears of abandonment, self-harm, negative self-talk, depression and childhood trauma, to name a few. She is a wonderful communicator. She puts effort into making sure that I know and am comfortable with her approach to my treatment and communicates willingly and frequently with other members of my team. I feel safe and comfortable with her, even at times when I am most vulnerable or am trying something new. She listens carefully to my experiences and works with me to recognize what is happening as well as to develop skills and approaches for making my life easier and more meaningful to me. I have never felt as heard or as cared for as I do in Kim’s office.

I trust Kim greatly and truly believe that she has my best interests in mind. She is a wonderful therapist and I consider myself lucky to have her at the center of my treatment team!
— Boston University alum '12 (2017)
Kim is a wonderful therapist. She really listens and uses many different techniques such as meditation to support her patients. Kim helped me during an incredibly difficult time in my life. She is caring and truly a remarkable therapist. Kim is the fourth therapist I’ve tried and without a doubt the very best. I highly recommend her. I feel so much better about life and how to deal with problems since I began working with Kim. I used to have my doubts about whether therapy could really work. I now know that it can. If you are in need of therapy, Kimberly Schmidt Bevans is the best there is!
— Current Patient (2017)
Ms. Schmidt Bevans has been a gift to me. She affirms and challenges me at the right times, is able to make me feel safe being exactly who I am in the moment and is great at connecting your emotional experience to your physical self to help ground you in the moment. Additionally she brings true empathy to issues about parenting, relationships and anxiety.
— Yale University Alum '98 (2017)
Kim Bevans was the compassionate and knowledgeable professional I needed to help me through a challenging bit of anxiety and some past trauma. Her knowledge and experience with dance therapy is why I sought her out, and I was so joyfully surprised by how helpful the exercises she gave me were. Kim would be a great match for someone who is new to therapy and afraid of being judged. I felt very safe and respected every time we met. And I’m happy to report I’ve since made a recovery and have been doing quite well thanks to Kim’s work.
— College educated young professional in his 20s (2017)
Ms. Kimberly Schmidt Bevans has displayed great compassion when she works with her clients. She includes benefits from both verbal and somatic treatment methods to offer her clients with a comprehensive approach.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorder
— Yu-Ling Hu, BC-DMT, LPC