Thrive Family Counseling is excited to add Kimberly Haney to our staff. I have asked her to share more about herself in her own words, but I wanted to add a few of my own. Kimberly’s caring nature, desire to learn, skill and commitment to her clients as well as wonderful experience were all reasons I was excited to bring Kimberly on board. Without further ado, here is Kimberly introducing herself in her own words.
In deciding to pursue a second career in life I carefully planned my education and clinical experiences so that I would be as knowledgeable as possible for the benefit of those who sought services with me. I graduated with honors from an Associate degree program in social work with a concentration in substance abuse counseling (SAC). I then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling with a psychology minor from the number one rated school for SAC education, the University of Cincinnati. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from UC I sought admittance into a clinical master’s program. I gained acceptance into a competitive graduate program at Wright State University and earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I chose these degree programs to compliment each other and to prepare me for working with those with mental health concerns while also having an addiction co-occurring. Following graduation, I was credentialed as a nationally certified licensed professional counselor and as a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor in the state of Ohio and began to treat co-occurring disorders.
While pursuing my education I also sought opportunities/internships to gain clinical experience from varied agencies, programs, and mentors. I interned with a diversion program providing psychoeducation while also assessing clients for use disorders. I then sought mentoring during an internship with a PsyD, LICDC-S while working with a local court system; and with an LPC, LICDC-S when interning in private practice. I interned at my county’s largest provider of mental health and substance abuse services to gain experience with co-occurring disorders. In wanting to understand how pain management might relate to substance abuse I obtained an internship with a pain clinic. I wrapped up my experiences with an integrative health center and providing treatment for co-occurring disorders. Following graduation, I spent most of my time working in integrative health agencies which allowed me to work closely with other health professionals in addressing client concerns from the whole person perspective. I managed and was the lead counselor for an addiction treatment program, and a medication assisted treatment (MAT) program for opioid addictions. This addictions/MAT program had a remarkably high success rate due our philosophy regarding addiction treatment; a philosophy I follow today.
Currently, I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas, and I am pursuing credentialing from the International certification and reciprocity consortium (ICRC) to obtain a Texas LCDC license to match my experience and licensure from Ohio. I have 11 years of experience working with addictions, and 4 years working with mental health disorders/co-occurring disorders. I stay informed of relevant perspectives from the field of addictions by maintaining an Associate membership with the American Society of Addiction Medicine professional association.
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