Survey Response: Suzi Kimbell, MA, LMFT

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This survey was last updated in December 2013.

Degrees/Licenses Held: MA, LMFT # 54003

Contact information:
860 Via De La Paz, Suite F6
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Phone: 310 463 7598

Number of years in practice: 7

Number of years in practice with patients who have TMS: 7

Number of patients you have seen who have had TMS: 30

What is your association to the TMS community?
My practice in LA serves clients with TMS and I have tailored my extensive postgraduate training to best serve my clients’ successful recovery.

Have you ever suffered from TMS? Yes, I suffered with chronic back pain before I understood how to approach TMS.

Are you able to conduct therapy sessions over the phone? Yes, phone and skype.

What insurance plans do you currently accept? All PPO insurances. I am currently an out of network provider.

Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance? Yes, please call to discuss fees.

What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
Having TMS, and finding a way through it to recovery was a great teacher. I have read extensively about TMS, Attended Dr. Schubiner’s and Mr Gordon’s informative training in LA, completed post graduate training in somatic, body centered psychotherapy, completed EMDR levels 1 & 2, completed training in mindfulness based stress reduction and attended a year long postgraduate training in treating trauma and PTSD from a mind-body perspective. These skills inform my approach to working successfully with chronic pain. I am committed to continuously expanding my knowledge of TMS in order to best serve my clients.

As we are going to post your answers on the TMS Wiki, feel free to write some text to introduce yourself:
Hi my name’s Suzi Kimbell and I’m a psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples of all ages in private practice in the west LA area. My own recovery from TMS led to my passion for helping those with chronic pain, whose symptoms are so often misunderstood by the traditional medical community. I know first hand how powerful Dr Sarno’s ideas are and that recovery from pain is truly possible.

At one time suppressing difficult emotions may have been what got you through challenging experiences and was a sign of your strength. However, your body may be leading the way to heal some of those old wounds. Within a safe, respectful and truly supportive therapeutic relationship we can give those fearful, sad, angry, or neglected parts what they need, so that they no longer have to make themselves known through painful physical symptoms. The journey inward, with a compassionate, curious, fellow traveler leads to release from pain and a more joyful experience with your body.

Accompanying my clients on their journey to recovery from pain is a privilege and an honor. I work holistically with a focus on emotions, thoughts and body sensations. Extensive experience and training in somatic therapy, mindfulness, EMDR and trauma recovery also inform my approach to working successfully to relieve chronic pain.

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