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A little bit about Kimberly  . . .


Kimberly Stark

“I I strive to offer the right balance of support and challenge in my work with clients.”

Originally from Minnesota, I completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish at the University of Minnesota-Morris before moving to Illinois. I earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After finishing a year-long internship at the University of Iowa, I worked for approximately 4 years at the University of Central Missouri’s (UCM, then Central Missouri State University) Counseling Center.


In 2001, I accepted a faculty position at UCM, where I continue to work full-time as a Professor in the Department of Psychological Science. I’ve been a licensed psychologist for over 20 years and enjoy continually updating my skills and knowledge base through participating in continuing education opportunities. With my two children fully grown, I am excited to have some time to do part-time clinical work through Country Crossroads Counseling.

As a therapist, I take a collaborative, problem-solving approach to working with clients. I draw from several evidence-based forms of treatment, such as DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), and mindfulness-based interventions. I believe people are in the best position to make the necessary changes in their lives within a validating environment. Therefore, I strive to offer the right balance of support and challenge in my work with clients. My approach is structured yet flexible and tailored to each individual’s needs.

I enjoy reading, learning, and spending time with my friends, family, and beloved critters in my free time. Connecting with nature is relaxing and rejuvenating, and one of my favorite pastimes involves trail riding with good friends and horses. As someone devoted to lifelong learning, I also find it incredibly rewarding to use the knowledge and skills I’ve developed to help others improve their lives.

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