Ron Kimball, PhD, CGP

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  • PhD Licensed Psychologist
  • 910 17th Street, NW, Suite 306, Washington, District of Columbia, 20006
  • Phone: 202-452-6257
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  • Session Fees: My retail fee is $185/50-minute session. For a limited number of people I will discuss a sliding fee.

The experience of psychotherapy requires a great deal from both the therapist and the patient.  The work must be collaborative to be successful.  People seek therapy because something is not working in their lives.  Like all of us, many would like to be told what to do differently, do it, and have "things" change.  Unfortunately, living is not just a "thing" that you do.  It is an ongoing process building on all the ways in which you have done it before and all the beliefs, experiences, feelings and learning from years of engaging in that process.  Examining that process and finding points of leverage for change as well as finding the ways that change might NOT be welcomed is the point of therapy.  The therapist offers his/her experience and some "specialized understandings" and the patient brings his/her life and willingness to explore it carefully.  Engaged and collaborative are the two words of most importance.

I have been doing the work for over 30 years.  I am not, of course, the same as I was 30 years ago.  I know more about what I do and don't know.  I've explored myself and helped others do the same so that I have some confidence that I at least know about what DOESN'T work.  I have a PhD in Psychology and on that I have built experiences in private and public practice, consultation with attorneys in litigation, and  assessment.  Although initially trained in psychodynamic and humanistic methods -- which continue to influence my work in some ways -- I have explored many other forms of therapeutic intervention including existential therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and attachment theory.  All of these have led me to a place where the assumptions of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) inform the core of my therapeutic work. That implies, among other things, that I believe in helping clients discover and use the values that add motivation and meaning to their lives; and that mindfulness is an important additional tool in the therapeutic process. It has been discovered that mindfulness is the most powerful and effective way to notice and deal with those thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and feelings that seem so TRUTHFUL to us but are actually leading us astray in our attempts to live a meaningful and connected life.  That is not to imply that my interventions are controlled by protocols or manuals.  They are not.  No person's life or issues can really be addressed from any kind of a manual.  Maybe a specific technique will or won't be helpful, but knowing a person, experiencing a person, engaging a person -- these are necessary for the therapist to be truly helpful.  The relationship IS the therapy.  To paraphrase Hillel, the "rest is commentary."

Dr. Ron Kimball Reaches

Washington DC