Kim Liberatore, LPC, NCC is our newest psychotherapist at Oak City Counseling. Kim comes to us all the way from Tennessee (however she is a Florida native) and has been busy running an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program for kids and teenagers who have been in the foster care system.
Kim has helped develop programs for foster/adoptive parents and has specialized training in working with Internationally adopted children. In addition, Kim has spent much of her career utilizing horses in psychotherapy and is both a Certified Therapeutic Riding instructor and a Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist.
Ms. Liberatore has also developed both pre and post-adoption curriculum for parents and is able to provide these programs for those looking to adopt either domestically or internationally.
Working with kids and teenagers is a passion for Ms. Liberatore who is especially gifted in working with teenagers struggling with depression, anxiety, self harm, self esteem and eating disorders. Kim’s natural approach and ability to remain focused yet down to earth appeals to kids and teens of all ages.
In working with parents Kim has specializations in areas of Play Therapy including understanding the neuroscience of play based on intense work with Dr. Bruce Perry with The Trauma Academy, thus Ms. Liberatore has studied the way the brain is affected by various types of play therapy.
Kim is also a Registered Parent Educator with The Circle of Security®, an innovative program which incorporates parental attachment and early experiences (how a parent was parented) and explores how these patterns may be a factor in parent/child relationships and in behavior management.
Ms. Liberatore has been trained in several different therapeutic sensory integration techniques which promote emotional and physical regulation of the body and emotions, drawing on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, sensory motor occupational therapy and body-oriented therapies.
Kim works with children of all ages, adolescents/teenagers, parents and adults who are experiencing depression/anxiety and relationship conflict.
In addition to her work with children/teenagers Ms. Liberatore is a Relationship Education Facilitator with the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) which is a program used for healthy marriages, relationships, communication and managing conflict.
OCC is thrilled to have Kim on staff and are excited to have her expertise and unique skills available in Raleigh!
For more information about Kim, please see her staff page here