Kimberly's educational background includes a BS in psychology and a MEd in Counseling from Texas Christian University. She eventually traded in her cowboy boots for snow boots in order to attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she earned a PhD in Family Social Science (with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy). She has been formally trained in Solution-Focused therapy, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Maudsley Approach for the treatment of adolescent eating disorders.
While earning her PhD, Kimberly's areas of research focused on multi-cultural family issues, therapy as an act of social justice, and creating racially conscious therapist-training programs, a study that was eventually published. As well as working as a private practice therapist, Kimberly manages the program evaluation team at a community-based, non-profit mental health agency in Sacramento, California.
About Dr. Diggles
As a child I wrestled with constant and, often, unreasonable worry. In those moments that I felt mentally beaten down by hours of catastrophizing, my mother would say to me, “You are stronger than you think.” At first, these words never actually stopped the racing thoughts or stomach aches I typically struggled with in the midst of my angst, but her words usually resonated in the aftermath of my turmoil, when I realized that I had, indeed, survived. I was stronger than I’d thought. And over the years, that mantra has became something I repeat to myself—like a battle cry—when I feel myself on the brink of spiraling out of control. I am stronger than I think. The words aren’t magic; the trials, the predicaments, life’s stuff still happens. Struggle and strength are not, after all, mutually exclusive. But when I remember those words, I’m no longer paralyzed with self-doubt. Sometimes I am empowered to be an active agent of change in my own life. And sometimes my mind is just quieted enough to ride the roller coaster of human existence rather than fighting it. I am stronger than I think.
When we are in the midst of crisis—real or perceived—we can question our abilities to overcome. Like quicksand, these self-defeating thoughts pull us even deeper into despair. But I believe that we are all stronger than we tend to give ourselves credit for. Working primarily from a Feminist and Narrative perspective, my passion in life is helping my clients reject the idea that there is a single “right” way to solve problems so that they feel brave enough take control of their own stories rather than live subjected to the ones they think were created for them. As an African American woman, I also embrace the role that culture and gender play in creating our struggles, as well as manifesting our resiliency.