“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”- Bob Marley
Kim Martinez, M.S. is True North Counseling Services child, teen and family counselor. Her goal is to help families work together to assist children in gaining life-long skills in order to become emotionally healthy adults.
Kim specializes in working with young children and adolescent/young adults who struggle with life’s challenges and need extra support while learning coping skills and resilience.
She treats children with self-esteem concerns, anxiety, gifted children, ADHD, school and family behavior issues, divorce and blended family support. She has additional experience in working with children coping with trauma and single parents needing support while strengthening their relationships with their children.
Kim works with parents to create healthy and effective parenting techniques.
She is a cognitive behaviorist who uses play, art and games in working with children and families.
She is working under the supervision of Jane Fenby, LMHC
Kim has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida.
She graduated from Florida State University with a Masters degree in K-12 Arts Education. She worked as an elementary art teacher with general classroom students as well as children with special needs.
She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Tampa from their Masters of Mental Health Counseling program.
Kim interned at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa and worked with children individually, with families and with psycho-educational groups.
She previously worked in home counseling for families at risk through Pasco Safe at Home.
She is a Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist with USF/ Bay Area Early Steps.
Kim is the first certified Family Centered Parenting Coach in Florida.
She is also studying to be a Registered Play Therapist and Sand Tray Specialist.
Kim has been quoted in Reader’s Digest.
*A married mom of four in a blended family.
* Paints, creates jewelry, takes nature photographs, scrapbooks and reads fantasy fiction.
*Loves all of Florida’s beautiful beaches.