Specialties
Grief and Loss

Losing someone or something you love can have a profound effect on you. Mourning is what you show the world. Grief is the internal struggle. Grief is the effect of loss which can be related to the death of a loved one, miscarriage, loss of a job, loss of a relationship, loss of health, or even the loss of a dream you once had. During the grieving process, it is common to go through a range of emotions. However, if the grief is beginning to affect your life by causing isolation, and you are finding it difficult to heal, then it may be time to seek professional help. 

 

Grief counseling, also known as bereavement counseling, helps a person or family cope with loss, providing a healthy and much-needed outlet to express their emotions and feelings behind the loss they have suffered. During the counseling sessions, effective ways of dealing with grief will be discussed. These tools vary per the individual's needs and are implemented to allow for healthy healing. 

 

If you are grieving any sort of loss, I am available to process the loss with you. I will help you to understand your emotions and assist you through the stages of grief in a healthy and positive way. Moving through these stages is a unique process for everyone. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. If you find yourself struggling, you are not alone. I am here to help.

Women's Issues

Do your experience feelings of shame and self doubt? Do you tell yourself you are not good enough? Women's issues can be complex and complicated by relationships, self-view, and the many roles you carry. Negative self-talk and toxic messages can sneak into your subconscious and erode feelings of self-worth and self-value. Listening to these internal messages can set you up for feelings of anxiety, self-criticism, self-doubt, depression, and shame, oftentimes creating a disconnect from your true self.

 

My focus during our sessions is to help you reconnect with your authentic self and to help you develop insight and awareness for acknowledgement, self-appreciation, and self-acceptance. In our work together, I’ll help you reflect on your past experiences in order to reintegrate parts of yourself that you previously deemed unworthy. 

    

Therapy can help by teaching self-acceptance and self-compassion, bolstering confidence in yourself to help you feel empowered, while teaching you skills to manage and reduce feelings that are overwhelming. We all have our limits, and I’ll help you figure out where yours are – when to be curious and push yourself to create change, and when to be gentle and give yourself a break. Together we will peel away the layers of protection to reflect on your life experiences. I will empower you to think about yourself with compassion rather than self-criticism. I will help you develop a connection to your authentic self and help you nurture yourself, honor your voice, trust your instincts, and use your wisdom to affect profound change within yourself.

Issues we might explore include:

  • recovery from narcissistic abuse

  • family scapegoat abuse

  • relationship issues and challenges

  • perfectionism

  • self-esteem

  • pregnancy

  • prenatal and postpartum challenges

  • parenting challenges 

  • redefining your identity, your body, and your relationships post-pregnancy

  • balancing work, life, and family 

  • emotional regulation

  • sex and sexuality

  • intimacy blocks

  • LGBTQ issues

  • grief and loss

  • body image issues

  • personal growth

My Approach

My name is Kim Bortot and I am the licensed psychotherapist for Bortot Counseling Services. I combine my skills as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist to provide my clients with highly supportive, well-rounded, comprehensive treatment. ​I consider myself a person-centered, eclectic therapist drawing upon several therapeutic models such as cognitive behavior therapy, strengths-based therapy, relational therapy, psychoanalytic, and solution-focused therapy to meet the needs of my clients.  

 

I maintain a genuine personality and a very strong work ethic. Quality of life and quality of care are the forefront of services I provide to each client I serve. The client-therapist relationship that is formed and developed is maintained with the utmost value and care. I understand and respect the uniqueness of your challenges, and I am wholeheartedly committed to helping you.

 

My social work values transcend into my clinical practice, and I provide each client with the care and attention they deserve on their therapeutic journey so that they feel valued, worthy, validated, and heard. I believe that therapy is a collaborative experience and within an open and non-judgmental environment, we will explore the critical issues of your life while developing strategies to help you become the best version of yourself. In therapy, I will hold space for you to openly express your feelings, concerns, and problems. You will learn healthy and positive coping techniques to improve your mood and outlook while gaining insight and deeper understanding leading you on the path towards discovery, healing, and emotional well-being. You are not alone. I am here to help.