Brian Kimmel, MA, LMHC, MHP
Description of Counselor/Practice
Hi, my name is Brian Kimmel. You can call me Brian or Bk for short. I use he/him and they/them pronouns. I was born and raised in the Seattle area in a mixed family of European and Indigenous Asian/Pacific Islander nationalities and descents. I specialize in humanistic body mind counseling and psychotherapy. A holistic approach fostering connection across and through difference, cultivating community, and helping to enrich one’s sense of belonging to their own ecosystems of support. My combined experiences during and post graduation, and lifelong work as a dedicated spiritual teacher, artist, healer, and dance / movement educator, form a rich foundation from which my counseling approach is supported. I work with individuals and families experiencing a variety of everyday environmental, social, and mental health challenges and concerns. This includes compound stress, emotional and spiritual fatigue, and relational issues. I work primarily with teens/adolescents/young adults (13 years of age - 35), and adults, including those in advanced years, and those in the dying process and terminally ill. Anxiety, depression, grief, loss, bereavement, phase-of-life issues, emotional distress, and crisis are familiar themes I’ve helped clients work with and through. I have been of support and welcome those who are survivors or post-survivors, people of color, and those who identify as LGBTQI, gender non-conforming, and gender non-binary. Counseling and psychotherapy are offerings meant to help you on your path of healing and transformation. Seeking help is the first step. Our therapeutic work together is a process of you getting to know you even better, and of orienting and/or co-creating the world you want to be in if only one tiny step by one tiny step. Often, it is this process of inner/outer healing and transformation that helps us to recover our own sense of curiosity and strength. Counseling and psychotherapy is a relational process. It’s not about me telling you what to do and coming up with solutions for you. It is about us co-creating a time and space that can help you identify and grow in the process towards change. This process is facilitated through identifying current resources and strengths, body mind interventions like connecting with your breathing, awareness of sensation, grounding, focused movement, narrative and talk therapies, and social justice frameworks and cultural perspectives you bring to the table. I look forward to working with you.