Kim Roberts is a trained psychotherapist, educator and artist. She has an MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University and was authorized as an Ashtanga Yoga teacher, teaching internationally for over 20 years. She offers programs and counseling incorporating a variety of practical, no-nonsense tools for mental health to help you find relief from issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and life-transitions.
Let’s face it: Mental Healthcare is Broken.
Depression is the number one health issue in the world. Suicide rates are at an all-time high. Angry people massacre innocents with legally obtained guns. We place addicts in prisons where they learn to hone their skills as criminals and receive little to no support for serious mental health problems.
On top of it, insurance, pharmaceutical companies and judicial systems have a huge effect on much of what passes for therapy these days. Anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications often don’t provide relief. Psychiatrists are so busy they have no time to get to know their patients. The entire system is de-humanized. If it weren’t so critical to our survival as a planet, this whole thing would be a joke.
Even if you don’t need that kind of help, maybe you just need some guidance for facing a challenging new phase of life: your relationship fell apart, or your kids left home, or maybe you woke up and realized you need a divorce. These are big life changes, and they can take some time to adjust to. But some of us don’t have the kind of support we’d like to guide us through these life-changing events.
Where Do You Go When You Need Tools?
Because this is the state of affairs, anxiety and depression are rampant. The agencies designed to help treat anxiety and depression are often crazy-making–complicated, riddled with red-tape and inconsistencies, de-humanized. Mental health is not a hard science. It is a human science, or, if you like, an art. You can’t take the humanity out of helping humans.
This is my mission: to help you get the tools, guidance and resources you need to navigate mental health–yours and your loved ones–so that you can relax and enjoy your life.
Here’s What I Offer:
individual counseling sessions, online via Skype
everything you need to develop and maintain your own daily meditation practice
Beat Anxiety Now online program offering tools to manage anxiety.
emergency checklists to help you make it through difficult emotional times
a do-it-yourself guide to plan your own at-home meditation retreat
the latest resources so you can stay informed about mental health and working with emotions
my book Ashtanga Yoga for Beginner’s Mind, outlining the basics of a self-guided yoga practice
my forthcoming book, Toward a Secret Sky: A Guide to the Art of Modern Pilgrimage, for when you are ready to take the next step of your transformational journey
one-to-one coaching sessions to help you work with specific life issues
my signature 7 day creative and healing adventure retreat in the jungles of Thailand
my favorite tool to work with emotions in any situation, anywhere, anytime
the comfort of knowing there is someone who understands, and is willing to listen
The Basis For This Work Is Practice.
While working as a family therapist at a psychiatric hospital in 2000, I saw the limitations of talk therapy when it is not integrated with some kind of body-based practice, or in the context of a healing environment that is not based on the bottom line. At that time I was discovering the powerful tools of yoga and meditation, studying daily with Richard Freeman, my first yoga teacher. Later, I traveled to India to study with his teacher, Pattabhi Jois and earned his authorization to teach Ashtanga yoga.
When I returned from India, I started teaching yoga and meditation to my clients, and I saw that these contemplative tools were helping just as much, if not more than the “therapeutic” treatment offered by the institutions. Then one day I was forced to submit my resignation at the psychiatric hospital where I worked, because I had found a wonderful foster home in Aspen, Colorado for a 13 year old boy whose only other option appeared to be a one way ticket to the US prison system. My crime? The foster parents were wealthy friends of someone I knew, and we had not gone through a traditional route for finding the home. I had not followed the strict guidelines of the mental health system. But I saved a young boy’s life. And I’d like to help you save yours, if it comes to that.
Take Charge of Your Mental Health
Emotions are messages to pay attention. Emotions are not bad–they are the messengers pointing us to some aspect of our life that needs attention. But emotions cause trouble when you don’t listen to what they are trying to tell you.
You already have everything you need to be happy. But you might get tripped up by blind spots or an urge to flee intensity. Only by staying fully present and embodied with emotions can you move cleanly (without baggage) from one experience to another. Learning to identify and work with emotions is the basis of our work. The key is discovering that emotions are just a set of sensations. Once you experience that, everything becomes workable. Click here to learn more about Contemplative Psychotherapy.
Sampling Of Kim Roberts’ Work Experience
Addictions Counselor at Boulder County Health Department
Group Therapist and Meditation Instructor at Boulder County Jail
Family Therapist at a private psychiatric hospital
Meditation Instructor via correspondence with Hi Max prison inmates, and at numerous Buddhist meditation retreats
Ashtanga Yoga Teacher at numerous luxury resorts, embassies, schools, studios and retreat centers around the world
Private Yoga Instructor in Paris
Intern in the Inter-Religious Dialogue department at UNESCO
Retreat Leader in post-tsunami Sri Lanka to help garner support for victims
Yoga Program Director and Teacher at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong
Retreat Leader and Yoga Teacher at several small luxury resorts in the Paro valley of Bhutan
Yoga Program Director in Phuket, Thailand
Psychotherapist and Teacher at New Life Foundation in Chiang Rai.
Adjunct Faculty of Naropa University in Colorado, where I co-facilitate the Maitri program for the graduate psychology department.
My home base is in a gorgeous high-alpine village called Crestone, Colorado. I’m also an artist. You can see some of my work at: KimRobertsArt.com
Please contact me if you’re ready to make a change. I am here to serve as a facilitator in your transformation. Or follow me on Facebook if you want to go more slowly.