Kim Fisher, PsyD
Kim Fisher, PsyD
Individual Psychotherapy with Adults
Life Imbalance (Anxiety, Depression, Depletion, Stress)
University of Minnesota, BS in Mechanical Engineering,
Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, San Francisco, Pre-doctoral Internship (Neuropsychology)
California Institute of Integral Studies, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Fairmont Hospital, Alameda County Medical Center, Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Rehabilitation Neuropsychology)
50-minute in-person sessions are available in Oakland-Rockridge and in San Francisco.
All appointments must be scheduled in advance.
My clients are adults of all ages. Most are accustomed to accomplishing their goals but are facing a new type of challenge in life that requires a new set of skills. They want to learn coping skills that will help them live a more fulfilling life aligned with their values. I specialize in helping people who are feeling overwhelmed by life stressors, a life transition, an acquired disability or health concern, obstacles to a healthy work-life balance, or career challenges. I also help people who are experiencing depression or anxiety associated with significant existential concerns.
I provide structure and support in a safe environment where we can solve problems you may not feel comfortable working on with friends and family or for which you've just simply run out of ideas. I offer evidence-based treatment informed by Eastern philosophies, which teach us among other things that mental and physical health are intertwined. We will take a close look at your unique personal context and find your path to a sense of wholeness and resilience. I am trained in providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy. I use a CBT framework with mindfulness as a core concept and elements of other evidence-based treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Sometimes it can be helpful to see things from another perspective, so I offer a psychodynamic perspective when I can see that it may be helpful. If you have ever been to physical therapy, you know it takes practice, patience, faith, and determination to catch on to a new healthier way of moving and interfacing with the world. Part of my job is to help you with those same commitments as you are on a path to greater psychological strength and flexibility. With support you can build skills that are fundamental to sustaining a baseline sense of contentment and inner freedom.
WHY I LOVE THIS WORK
My work with my clients is inspiring to me. It has been enlightening and a pleasure to witness the unique gifts that each client brings on their journey and to see those gifts enhance and determine a path through that is uniquely the client's.
WHAT I WANT FOR YOU
I want you to leave understanding that life has its stressors and feeling confident that you know how to face them. At the conclusion of therapy, my clients know they have a method that works for them to persevere through stress-inducing problems while mentally residing in a place of integrity that honors their values and holds meaning for them. My clients know what it takes for them to feel centered, and they are practiced at it.
MY SPECIALTIES, BACKGROUND, AND PERSONAL INTERESTS
I have extensive experience working with adults who are diverse in terms of race/ethnicity, cultural background, religion, sexuality, age, and socioeconomic status. I have a strong background in health psychology and enjoy working with clients who have complex medical problems or are a family member of someone with complex medical problems. I also have a strong background in clinical assessment, neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, and in treating patients with an acquired brain injury or degenerative disease. In turn, I enjoy helping family members of people with an acquired brain injury or cognitive effects from a degenerative disease. Given my experience working in community mental health, I enjoy working with family members of the severely mentally ill and with family members of people with substance use disorders. All of these demands can pose a great challenge in terms of work/life balance.
Additionally, I understand corporate culture and its demands. Prior to this career, I was a senior engineer in charge of development projects and their budgets for two different fiber optic telecommunications device manufacturers. Prior to that, I worked in research and development for a medical product development company. Clients do not have to explain corporate culture to me, which can feel useful and time-saving.
Outside of work, I have always been very active outdoors. Currently, my husband and I indulge in spending as much time as possible with our active young twins. I still x-c ski and mountain bike when I can.
California Psychological Association (CPA)
Northern California Neuropsychology Forum (NCNF)
National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)