Kimberly Meade, MA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Choosing a therapist is an important decision. There are a few things to keep in mind. It is important you find someone who is a good match for you. It is essential you trust your therapist. I may ask you to try something new or look at something in a new way. It is also important that you choose someone who has the training and skills to be more than just a good listener. If you read my information below and feel I may be a good fit for you, please contact me for an initial consultation.
I have been a therapist for almost 20 years. I graduated from Tufts University in 1992 with a degree in Clinical Psychology. I received my Masters Degree, Marriage and Family Therapy from PLU in 1998. I have worked in Community Mental Health (Multicare and Hope Sparks), provided in home family therapy, taught parent trainings in groups and to individuals, consulted with teachers and families in local school districts, and worked at a local hospital.
I am an systems therapist, which means I consider the context of a person's struggle. We all are in relationship with other people and other "systems" whether is it a job, a school, a faith community, a neighborhood and each of those systems impact our behavior, our thoughts and our feelings. I see individuals, couples and families, but I do always consider the relationships outside of the therapy session.
It is my responsibility to have enough training and skill to offer my client something different than their current situation, a skill, a perspective, a habit. I often use solution focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and structural therapy, but the client and I will select a perspective that fits them.
I am married with 4 children. Mark and I have been married for 22 years, and our children range in ages from 16 to 9. I believe we all seek support in our lives and I find time with my family, my friends and my church community all add to a wonderful balance on this journey of life. You can trust that I understand the excruciating joy of navigating life with many different personalities. I tell people that I was a fabulous parent trainer before I had kids.....and then it got complicated. Although, I absolutely enjoy my work as a therapist, I also enjoy exploring with my family. The kids sometimes call it "forced fun," but they still go with us. I spend time following their interests, the Tacoma Youth Symphony, football, soccer and baseball, ice-skating and horses, and girl scouts.