Kimberly Brownell, LCSW


Kim is a Licensed Therapist with over 9 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families (Military and Civilian) in a variety of settings including Rady Children's Hospital and The UCSD Center for Eating Disorders. She specializes in the areas of Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Body Image, Self-Esteem, Life Transitions, Marriage/Family/Couples Therapy, Grief, Distress Tolerance, Sleep Hygiene, Stress Management, School Advocacy and LGBTQ issues. She believes that finding the right therapist is essential to the healing process. Kim utilizes a collaborative approach to build trust and encourage open communication

Kim holds certificates in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Positive Youth Development, and Couples, Marriage and Family Therapy from The Gottman Institute (Levels I and II).

When working with patients, Kim takes an integrative approach to psychotherapy by combining traditional Evidence-Based treatments with creative, dynamic modalities in a warm, validating environment. Using a direct, supportive communication style her goal is to help you process emotions, make positive choices and reduce self-criticism in order to achieve the satisfaction and fulfillment you desire

Specializes in:

  • Children/Adolescent (6+)
  •  Childhood mental disorders
  • Families
  • LGBTQ 
  • Couples
  •  Bi-Polar
  •  PTSD
  •  Trauma
  • Young Adult/Adolescent Process Groups (12+)
  • Adult Process Groups (21+)

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Encinitas Office

Carmel Valley Office