Kim Ferguson, PsyD
Children and their families are dealing with unprecedented life and world events that have placed much stress on their social, family, and educational situations. They need therapeutic help with coping and resilience to help restore their playful and well-adjusted nature. This is the reason that Kim wants very much to help families with these problems.
Kim received a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio then completed a master’s degree in school psychology at Boston College. After working for several years in both Gaston and Mecklenburg County school systems, Kim obtained a doctoral degree from the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Because almost all of her professional work over the years has been exclusively with children, adolescents, and their families, Kim specializes in treating the educational, behavioral, and emotional concerns for children as young as 3 through college age.
With more than 30 years of experience in psychological testing as well as counseling, Kim is comfortable utilizing a variety of treatment interventions to help children’s adjustment such as thinking strategies, behavioral changes, and play therapy with young children who need help working through their feelings and gaining self-control. Particularly with adolescents, specialized methods are needed to help them engage and be empowered to make the choice to change perceptions and actions so they can communicate more directly about their feelings.
Because of her work as a school psychologist, Kim is equipped to help parents of exceptional children navigate the special education process for their children who are not succeeding in the school setting. Her goal for the testing process is for the results that are presented to be clear, helpful, and practical so that parents can be helped to know how to help their children more completely.
Within the context of both testing and counseling, Kim is committed to helping parents with concrete advice and suggestions to better manage their child’s difficulties with anxious feelings, depression or grief, acting-out behavior, inattention, and learning disorders. She will work to identify your child’s strengths and your goals for their treatment because she feels that parents are perhaps the most important part of the therapy process. Together, they form a more effective treatment team to work toward the skills and changes desired.