Kimberly Ayres | Potentia TherapyThere are many people like you concerned about reaching out for support for fear of feeling like a burden or being misunderstood. To those of you who feel lost, confused, broken, I believe you are worthy of being seen, and thank you for being brave and looking for support. Regardless of what is going on in your life now or in the past, I believe you and value your experience and perspective. 

My approach to therapy is highly relational and contextual – meaning I listen and take into account the unique aspects of you, your story, your environment, and your belief system. I get curious with you about where you come from and the people who have impacted your life.

My trauma-informed training and my own life experiences make me keenly aware of how much  pain comes from relational violations, betrayals, and losses, so I don’t take for granted how much it takes to dare to try and trust someone new. Warmth, genuineness, clear boundaries, and a deep respect for the body and neuroscience inform my approach to our time together. 

I work with individuals and families who are:

  • asking if life is really worth living
  • experiencing life transitions around school, career, and relationships
  • exploring identity and wanting to know themselves better  
  • seeking resilience from traumatic experiences such as: abuse and assaults, betrayals, racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying
  • desiring to feel more connected in their relationships with self and others tired of anxiety and depression keeping them small and afraid

Education:

  • M.S. Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy)
  • San Diego State University
  • B.A. Psychology, summa cum laude
  • Point Loma Nazarene University

Specialized Training:

  • EMDR (Level 1 in Fall 2019)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Mind-Body Approaches
  • RYT200 Certified Yoga Instructor 

Affiliations:

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
  • Yoga Teacher Alliance (YTA)

I’m a biracial woman (she/her) from the mountains and lakes of Northern California. My own liberation is found in community where I continue to find that we are not as alone as we think.  Authenticity, warmth, and respect are very important in my cultures, so I bring those values into all areas of my life. 

Some things that bring me everyday joy and healing are: listening to my body when it says slow down, creating through art and movement, and eating delicious food.  I also geek out with books, and switch up my hobbies pretty consistently. Currently, I’m making tea.