Kim Miller Counseling                   480-600-0539     

Biography

Dear Future Client, 

I was born in San Antonio Texas on Fort Sam Military base although I only lived there for 6 months before moving to Arizona.  I consider myself practically a native Arizonan at this point.  I went to college at NAU and then finished my Bachelors in Psychology at ASU.  I continued on to get my Master's from ASU as well and becoming licensed also as a Substance Abuse Counselor.  I have always had an interest in psychology and always wanted to see people change their lives and be happier and more secure.  


Any time I have tried to do any other work for a living, I always end up back in counseling.  I believe it is what I am meant to be doing.  I feel almost like it choses me just as much as I chose it as a career path.  I love watching people leave feeling even just a little lighter and I feel like I learn so much everyday from everyone I get to work with.  I get to be a part of their lives in a way that is extraordinary.  I am moved too by the amazing capacity people have to change and heal even if they doubt it initially.  I believe we are naturally primed for healing and survival and it is amazing to be a part of someone's story.


I have been in practice for 20 years and the last few years, I have become very dedicated to learning how to help people change the problems that have been resistant to normal talk therapy modalities.   For example, trauma, negative habits, and cognitive distortions seem to be deeply programmed almost embedded into our learning and orienting day to day.  I have attended many different trainings in order to be able to have more tools in the tool chest to help people succeed at a deeper level.  Also along the way I have discovered no two people are ever the same and what works for one person does not work for another.   


I hear people say "people can't really change"  but I get to be part of the exception to the rule and watch people transform.   One of my favorite sayings is that our anxiety is never about the present it is "about the past and our thoughts about the future" and the antidote to many of our troubles is to learn to how live in peace in the here and now.  There was a study that 95% of what we think will happen to us never actually happens and when it does, most of the time we discover we can handle it but sometimes we need a little help.  I hope that I will get an opportunity to meet you and be a part of your story. 

-Kim Miller 1/23/2016