Kim Hollister, MA, LCMHC

couples counseling, psychotherapy, communication, divorce counseling, depression, marriage counseling burlington, premarital counselingI am an experienced, professional counselor and psychotherapist licensed in Vermont and Texas. I have spent much of my counseling career working in the area of relationships, personal growth and life transitions with both couples and individuals.

One of my primary areas of interest is helping people develop a more effective communication style with regard to what they are thinking and feeling, in part, by fostering a strong sense of self-awareness for themselves as individuals and in relation to others. I am also interested in attachment theory, which looks at how our relationship style, that develops when we are young, influences our current relationships and in many ways is at the heart of repetitive patterns of behaviors in those relationships. Sometimes problems can be resolved on a surface or behavioral level. At other times, it is more helpful to go deeper to uncover and understand these patterns so that you can change the effects they can have on you and your relationships.

My approach in session is collaborative, interactive and not without a little humor. My role is not to tell you what to do and it is also not to sit back passively and repeatedly ask “how does that make you feel?” I strive to create a safe and open environment for people to freely talk about what they think and feel. My goal is to help people gain insight into their situation and feelings, empower them to take the steps that lead to the changes they want to make, and support them during this process.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
• Communication
• Marriage/Relationship Counseling
• Infidelity
• Premarital Counseling
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Grief and loss
• Divorce Counseling
• Self Esteem and related issues
• Life Transitions/Change
• Issues Unique to Women

(TYPICAL) APPROACHES TO THERAPY/COUNSELING
• Psychodynamic
• Cognitive
• Susan Johnson’s EFT
• The Gottman Method

EDUCATION
BA Psychology; University of Texas, Austin 1999
MA Professional Counseling; Texas State University, 2004

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Vermont LCMHC License No. 068.0092957
Texas LPC-Supervisor License No. 60549
National Certified Counselor (NCC): Cert. No. 87394
Registered Therapist; International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

ADDITIONAL TRAINING
Susan Johnson (EFT) and John/Julie Gottman (GMT) Summit; Seattle, 2013
Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples; 4 day Externship; San Francisco, 2012
LPC (Texas) Board Certified Supervisor 40-hour Training; UT Austin, 2010

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Counseling Association
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Mental Health Counselors Association
Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association
National Board of Certified Counselors