About Kim-Mary Cardinal, LCMHC

“From my perspective as a psychotherapist, healing is built on a good, strong foundation of trust. It is gradual, and happens organically through dialogue–telling of the client’s story. As well, by the therapist supporting talk openly, and being a trusting participant. Feeling safe, respected and willing to share with someone who truly hears you is key. Finding your answers through exploring what has worked in the past, and what didn’t, will give your therapy experience grow merit and substance. Together, we can find what will help you live fully today, while developing skills to build the future you that you desire.”

Clinical Perspective
Cognitive behavioral therapy can be thought of as a combination of psychotherapy and behavioral therapy. Psychotherapy emphasizes the importance of the personal meaning we place on things and how thinking patterns begin in childhood. Behavioral therapy pays close attention to the relationship between our problems, our behavior and our thoughts. Most psychotherapists who practice CBT personalize and customize the therapy to the specific needs and personality of each patient.

My training began with CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy). I understand how complex relationships are within couples, friends, families and individuals. I desire to help you sort out your own identity and strengths, even if you were never told or supported in this before.

Specialties

  • Adolescent/Teen Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Bereavement/Grief Counseling
  • Binge Eating
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Bullying
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Couples Conflict Resolution
  • Cultural Diversity Issues
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorder
  • Emotional Overeating
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Irrational Fears/Phobias
  • Loneliness
  • Malaise
  • Marriage Conflict Resolution
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Mental Health Consultation
  • Mental Health Problem
  • Mental Illness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Mood Swings
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attack
  • Parenting Counseling
  • Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling
  • Pre-College Fears
  • Pre-Move In Couples Counseling
  • Premarital Conflict Resolution
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Psychology Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Sleep Problems
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Stress Management
  • Therapy
  • Worry
  • Education & Certifications

    Springfield College, Master's in Counseling Psychology|Springfield College, Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling|University System of New Hampshire (Bachelor's)

    Locations

    Portsmouth, NH

    539 Islington St, Suite 4
    Portsmouth, NH 03801-4471