I am so grateful for Kim McGowan at Ponte Vedra Counseling. I can truly say that she changed my family's life! My daughter struggles with many challenges, ADHD, OCD and ODD. We saw many different therapists trying to get support in dealing with her challenges. As a mother, I was determined to find help for both her and our family. Kim was probably our 6th therapist. From the very first session, I could tell that this therapist was different. She was kind and empathetic, but also candid and honest. She authentically cared about my child from the moment she met her. This was the therapist we'd been waiting for! My daughter and my family have gone to her over the last five years. At first, we were seeing her two times a week for two years, but with her constant care and dedication, my daughter has thrived! If you are considering a therapist that cares and can really make a difference, Kim McGowan is a life saver!
Our family discovered Kim McGowan back in 2017 when we were desperate to find help for our daughter. She had been to several other therapists in the past, and whether it was for a few months at a time or even a couple years, she never "clicked" with any of them. When she met Kim, she came home and told us "I think I'm really going to like this one." That began what has been a 5-year journey for our family working with Kim, who feels like an extended family member to all of us at this point. Not only did she work very well with our daughter, for whom we originally sought therapy, but she also took on our son, and eventually myself and my wife for both individual and marriage therapy. This woman literally saved our whole family. Our marriage has never been stronger, and our adult children are both thriving. We still see her occasionally for "check-ins" but will be forever grateful how committed she was to our whole family during a time when we felt we were ready to give up on therapy at all and had lost hope.
Kimberly McGowan is the most competent and compassionate therapist I have ever encountered. I am in my fifties and have suffered with PTSD from traumatic experiences in my childhood. In the past therapists applied EMDR therapy incorrectly and I continued to relive the trauma. I was initially very skeptical to attempt this therapy again. I am so thankful I placed my trust in Kimberly. Now when memories resurface I have a sense of detachment and a piece of mind I have yearned for all my life.
I have been a patient of Kimberly's for nearly 3 years, and am currently still working with her. In my opinion and experience I've found her to be an extremely well-trained, experienced, and knowledgeable therapist in all facets and current techniques within the clinical aspects of her chosen profession. Kimberly is compassionate, nonjudgemental, and truly listens and finds resolution to troubling issues that may arise in life during our weekly sessions. Kimberly McGowan's success in my observation and encounters with her comes from her deep commitment and passion for her profession with a focus on everyday people's anxiety, personal distress, and most of all her clients' overall well-being and mental health.