Kimberly Thornton

M.A., M.Div., LCMHCA, NCC

Kim Thornton (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and a National Certified Counselor since 2019. She received her Masters in Counseling and Masters of Divinity from Wake Forest University and holds dual Bachelors’ degrees in Psychology and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Kim draws from Existential, Feminist, and Person-Centered theories in her counseling practice that is supplemented by a diverse spiritual education background. She enjoys working together with clients to understand and create meaning in their lives, as well as address social power differentials and hierarchies within systems. This theoretical orientation relies heavily on the idea that people are not broken or need to be “fixed,” but experience natural responses to difficult circumstances, instead needing compassion, understanding, and support in tough times. Kim hopes to create and hold space for her clients, together exploring and allowing authenticity, empowerment, and connectedness to emerge.

Kim has significant experience counseling on college campuses, such as Salem College and NC State University, as well as in the community as a member of a Community Support Team. Her interests include, but are not limited to, working with spirituality, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, interpersonal violence, women’s issues, mindfulness, gender, and sexual orientation.

In her free time, Kim enjoys creating art and writing little poems when feeling inspired. She deeply values rest and is working on keeping a small plant jungle alive. Mindfulness practices and being in nature re-energize her and help her to feel grounded and connected.