Kimber-Lea  Raef

Kimber-Lea Raef

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Master of Arts, MA
Texas Accepting Online
Austin Not Accepting In-person

In addition to individual therapy, I also have openings in a virtual, adult grief group focusing on supporting those who've experienced the death of a loved one. Send me an email for more info.

Updated May 19, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Relationship issues
  • Life Transition and/or Stress Management

Professional statement

Kimber-Lea Raef is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Austin, TX. Kimber-Lea supports those who feel overwhelmed by daily life due to the aftershocks of trauma. Many of Kimber-Lea’s clients don’t immediately recognize their symptoms as reactions to trauma, however after speaking with Kimber-Lea about their anxiety, sadness, inability to connect with others, or feelings of intense insecurity, they realize that they might feel this way because of experiences in the past. Kimber-Lea’s compassion, warmth, and creativity provide clients with a safe atmosphere to share their inner thoughts, emotions, and dreams.

Kimber-Lea bases her approach to therapy from Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), in which she is fully trained. TF-CBT helps clients draw connections from their inner thoughts and negative self talk to their mood or emotional responses and past experiences. Kimber-Lea also encourages clients to talk about their family structure and relationships to further understand where emotions come from - and how to promote positive emotions.

Kimber-Lea earned her Master’s degree from Texas State University. Together with her therapy dog, Fyrenz, Kimber-Lea supports clients experiencing grief, depression, or low self-esteem. Kimber-Lea brings a sense of playfulness into session and builds strong trusting relationships with her clients as they work through difficult conversations.


Message to clients

Finding a therapist and beginning therapy are two steps that take an immense amount of courage and energy. I know this because I've been on the client-side of therapy many times and value not only the growth, but also the understanding it gives me when working with new clients. The reality of the situation is that most often you've been wondering about this for a while and/or are feeling quite in need of support.

My hope for you is to find a therapist who you feel you could become vulnerable around, with time, and I believe this is an innate-knowing, not something you can convince yourself of. I do my best to support folks by offering a complimentary consultation to potential clients so you can get an idea of what my therapeutic approach and personality are.

I strive to walk alongside people as they navigate the difficult times of life and encourage them to seek new ways of understanding their own stories. I utilize mindfulness-based approaches in all the work I do. Please reach out if you'd like to see what working with me is like; I'd be honored to get your email.


Specialties

Trauma - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); coping and healing after threatening, scary, or distressing events, such as experiences of oppression, witnessing accidents, or experiencing abuse (sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical)

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one or pet; managing feelings and reactions to a death or other loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender (including trans, non-binary, and gender expansive identities), and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges; and entities; support throughout the process of transition.

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Life Transition and/or Stress Management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others; coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Kimber-Lea Raef is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $100 (50min)
  • Initial session: $120 (90min)
  • Group sessions: $50 (80min)
  • Family sessions: $120 (50min)
  • Play Therapy sessions: $120 (45min)
  • Trauma Processing Intensive sessions: $120 (90min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Texas)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Austin practice
2525 Wallingwood Drive, Austin, Texas 78746
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 5 years

Self (Private Practice), CEO & Therapist, 2020 - Present
Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center, Therapist, 2017 - 2020
San Marcos Treatment Center, Clinical Therapist, 2016 - 2017
STARRY, Counselor-Intern, 2016 - 2016

Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy, Therapy Dog Team Intern, 2019
Association for Play Therapy, Registered Play Therapist (RPT), 2019
Texas State University, M.A. , 2016
Texas A&M University, B.S., 2013


Licensure

Texas: 76682


Languages

English