Kimberly  Schmidt Bevans

Kimberly Schmidt Bevans

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, BC-DMT

Accepting new clients for morning & afternoon appointments in Brookline practice (updated January 03, 2020)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Dance/movement therapy
  • Mind-body and expressive therapies
  • Trauma recovery
  • Healing difficult experiences held in the body
  • Stress management
  • Communication difficulties
  • Relationship challenges
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Breath work
  • Mindful movement
  • Grounding exercises
  • Thought reframing
  • Existential challenges
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Peripartum depression

Professional statement

Kimberly Schmidt Bevans is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist in Brookline, MA. She has deep expertise in the use of mind-body and expressive therapies to help clients resolve trauma and heal difficult experiences held in the body.

Kim works with college students and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, life transitions, and difficulties with stress management and communication. Her uniquely tailored body-centered approach incorporates breath work, mindful movement, grounding exercises, thought reframing, and expressive exploration.

Kim invites clients to bring their bodies into therapy in order to identify unconscious patterns of tension and leave feeling more at peace. Her goal is to help clients achieve a greater sense of ease and comfort in their lives, and gently shift any negative body or thought patterns that may detract from living life in the present.

Kim's practice is open to people of any gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic or racial background.


Message to clients

Everyone needs a safe place to be themselves. This becomes even more important if you are struggling in your life and looking to heal and grow. My priority with everyone I meet is to first hear you, see you, and understand. If you are struggling with not feeling like yourself, feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, angry, lost, confused, manic, or depressed coming to a place where you can bring all that you feel can be a life-altering experience. In my practice, being kind, accepting and compassionate come first. From there I guide a session to support you to understand yourself better and build skills. Skill building may include learning meditation and mindfulness, body-based coping skills, or mindfulness based cognitive behavioral exercises. Much of human communication and self-understanding is done at the body level. When we pay attention to the body or use music, images, clay or colors we can garner a deeper understanding of yourself, your needs and your strengths.


Specialties

Dance/movement therapy - Specializes in dance and movement therapy

Mind-body and expressive therapies - Utilizing a variety of techniques to connect the mind and body to heal from trauma and other difficult experiences

Trauma recovery - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Healing difficult experiences held in the body - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past through the use of mindfulness techniques and movement

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Communication difficulties - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships with partners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others

Relationship challenges - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating

Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Breath work - Utilizing breathing exercises to aid in healing from painful experiences of the past and bring attention to the present moment

Mindful movement - Using mindful movement to express and heal painful experiences held in the body

Grounding exercises - Utilizing breathing and movement to encourage focus to be brought to the present moment

Thought reframing - Utilizing thought reframing techniques to identify and work through negative thought patterns

Existential challenges - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

Bipolar disorder - Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes

Eating disorders - Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends

Peripartum depression - Peripartum anxiety and depression; developing healthy attachment with infants


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $160 (55min)
  • Initial session: $180 (60min)

Therapist's note

If you receive health insurance through another company (such as Aetna or Cigna) and would like to use it for therapy with me, please contact them directly to find out if you have “out-of-network mental health benefits” (benefits for providers who do not accept their insurance and are not credentialed with them). Payment is due at the time of the session and we will give you a monthly bill to submit to your insurance company, who will then send you a check directly. Many PPO and POS plans have "out-of-network" benefits that cover some percentage of the cost.

Note to BU Students: Kim is an out-of-network provider for Boston University Student Insurance (Aetna) and payment is due at the time of service, but she will bill the insurance company for reimbursement on your behalf. 


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Brookline practice

1577 Beacon Street

2nd Floor

Brookline, MA 02446

Hours
  • Mon 12:30pm-6:30pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10:30am-6:30pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 8:30am-2:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, August 2012 - Present

Habit OPCO, Substance Abuse Counselor, 2010 - 2012; Clinical Supervisor 2011-2012

South Bay Mental Health, Staff Therapist, 2009-2010





Columbia College Chicago, MA, Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling, 2008



Muhlenberg College, BA, Theatre & Dance, 2005


Languages

  • English


Professional endorsements

Yu-Ling Hu, BC-DMT, LPC

Ms. Kimberly Schmidt Bevans has displayed great compassion when she works with her clients. She includes benefits from both verbal and somatic treatment methods to offer her clients with a comprehensive approach.


Client testimonials

Client

Kim is extremely empathetic, understanding, and insightful. I love the creative techniques and body-focus she brings to our work together, as well as how she documents our progress. I’m only a couple sessions in, and it already feels like a great fit. She is reliable, organized, and has good energy. Highly recommended, especially for creative people!

Client

Kim is a wonderful therapist. She really listens and uses many different techniques, such as meditation, to support her patients. Kim helped me during an incredibly difficult time in my life. She is caring and truly a remarkable therapist. Kim is the fourth therapist I’ve tried and without a doubt the very best. I highly recommend her. I feel so much better about life and dealing with problems since I began working with Kim. I used to have my doubts about whether therapy could really work. I now know that it can. If you are in need of therapy, Kimberly Schmidt Bevans is the best there is!

Yale University alum

Ms. Schmidt Bevans has been a gift to me. She affirms and challenges me at the right times, is able to make me feel safe being exactly who I am in the moment, and is great at connecting emotional experience to one's physical self to help ground you in the moment. Additionally, she brings true empathy to issues about parenting, relationships, and anxiety.

College educated young professional in his 20s

Kim Bevans was the compassionate and knowledgeable professional I needed to help me through a challenging bit of anxiety and some past trauma. Her knowledge and experience with dance therapy is why I sought her out, and I was so joyfully surprised by how helpful the exercises she gave me were. Kim would be a great match for someone who is new to therapy and afraid of being judged. I felt very safe and respected every time we met. And I’m happy to report I’ve since made a recovery and have been doing quite well thanks to Kim’s work.


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