About Kimmy Fleming, PhD

(She / Her)

Hi, I’m Dr. Kimmy Fleming.

We will approach our work from a collaborative perspective, with the understanding that success in therapy depends on the combination of my professional expertise and your expertise on yourself what works for you, your goals, your experiences, and the things in life that are important to you.

We will be equal partners to define problems, identify the best evidence-based interventions, and determine the most effective ways to shape these interventions to fit your unique life.  

Dr. Kimmy Fleming Pedersen
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Finding peace and health in the world today can sometimes feel impossible.

We live in a time of intense turmoil and societal unrest, which can make it difficult to experience secure food and housing, function effectively, have healthy relationships, and generally find satisfaction in life.

Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, war, economic insecurity, political violence, and discrimination against marginalized people, there is no shortage of very real threats that represent sources of chronic stress in people’s lives.  

My approach to our work

Early on in my doctoral training, I developed an interest in better understanding how the mental and physical health issues faced by therapy clients are directly informed and influenced by their experiences of chronic stress, trauma, and societal inequities.

I approach therapy from a humanistic, systems-level lens, meaning that I see my clients as their own unique person whose experiences in life and with their mental health are intimately intertwined with their experiences within larger systems, including economic, educational, religious, legal, cultural, and familial systems.   

With this in mind, I approach each potential client first and foremost with compassion, humility, and non-judgmental acceptance.

We will work together to determine your therapeutic goals, develop an evidence-based treatment plan, and continue to operate as equal partners in your care for the duration of your treatment.  

Some of My Education & Training

I earned my MA and PhD in clinical psychology from The University of Missouri where I received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, substance use disorders, and quantitative research methods. 

I completed my doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, specializing in the psychological care of medically underserved populations. Training in diverse environments such as inpatient psychiatry, state correctional facilities, primary care, inpatient medical/surgical units, and rehabilitation provided me the necessary experience to effectively work with individuals who have chronic and acute medical issues that intersect with their mental health issues, and those who have experienced medical trauma.  

In my career thus far, I worked in a variety of psychiatric and medical settings, on both inpatient and outpatient services. Populations with whom I have developed expertise include professionals in health care and education experiencing workplace distress, burnout, and/or moral injury, LGBTQIAA+ folks, cancer survivors and their loved ones, individuals with chronic illnesses, individuals experiencing relationship breakups and divorce, and people who have a partner or loved one with a substance use disorder.  

Now’s the time to take that next step…

Are you ready to begin?  Reach out to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.  

Call today to see how I can help: (724) 271-8503.