All About My Healing Practice

Treatment specialization includes:

  • Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
  • Women’s Issues
  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Couples Counseling
  • Partner Trauma/ PTSD with SA / Infidelity
  • Family of Origin
  • Molestation / Childhood Trauma
  • Grief Counseling
  • Work and Career Issues
  • Evidence–Based Mindfulness / Meditation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Reiki Healing

Kimmy provides therapeutic services in a non-judgmental environment that promotes compassion and understanding. She offers a highly personalized approach to help you incorporate your strengths, individual needs, and attain the personal growth and healing you desire.

Learning about the betrayal of your partner is often a devastating experience, leaving you both emotionally and biologically impacted. The impact is often worse if that betrayal involves ongoing sexual addiction.

Are you feeling angry one second, and frightened the next? Do you find yourself blanking out, and forgetting simple things? Are you wondering if you’re making things up? Do you wonder if all of this is your fault? Do you feel “crazy”? If this sounds at all like you, I want you to know that I can help you make sense of what happened.

I know the pain you are enduring feels unbearable, even excruciating. Many women who have been betrayed by a partner feel embarrassed and ashamed, and because of this they feel isolated and alone, unable to confide even in their closest friends.

There’s something I want you to hear. You are not alone! I strongly believe that the help and validation you need can only come from a fellow traveler—someone who has gone through a similar crisis. I know this journey well because I’ve walked it myself, and have found my way out of the effects of ongoing sexual deception from partner(s) (what many refer to as sexual addiction).

You don’t need to make the decision to leave or stay right now but you do need to have the following validated:

You are not crazy! What you may be experiencing involves psychological, emotional and cognitive (neurological) responses. The following is a list of common responses when one has experienced a significant crisis:

  • Cognitive deficits involving memory issues
  • Generalized anxiety and fear (hyperarousal)
  • Feelings of depression with difficulty maintaining everyday tasks (hypoarousal)
  • The need to perseverate on the “what ifs” and the “what might have happened,” which can include snooping (his social media, emails, cell phone, pockets)
  • Food disturbances (lack of appetite/over-eating)
  • Emotional “hangovers” (may feel very similar to an alcohol-related hangover)
  • “Interrogating” your partner in order to feel safe.

Some steps you can take right now:

  • Don’t feel compelled to make a decision about staying or leaving. Take your time (as long as you’re safe)
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night
  • Maintain a reasonable exercise routine
  • Meditate every morning
  • Journal

I have considerable professional practice working with clients experiencing a range of experiences related to partner betrayal. In addition to my formal education, I have also completed specialized training, and have been awarded a certification denoted as a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS) through the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS). I look forward to offering you hope for healing as you regain your emotional, spiritual and physical well being.

Links & Resources

Partner Betrayal Trauma – In Suggested Reading Order 

Kimmy’s MUST Read! 5 eBook Series. Download for 19.95 from Posarc 

eBook1: Discovery, eBook2: Post-Discovery Hidden Sexual Behaviors, eBook3: Boundaries, eBook4: Recovering from Infidelity, eBook5: The Betrayer’s Obligations -by Lili Bee 

chumplady.com – is a blog written by a lady much like myself, she has a spicy attitude, salty language, and hopefully CL will help you laugh at the unlaughable. My hope is that you realize you are not alone in the insanity one feels when “chumped by a cake-eater.” 

Sexually Addicted Spouse – by Barbara Steffens

Why Does He Do Thatby Lundy Bancroft 

In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative Peopleby Dr. George Simon

Healing from Hidden Abuse – by Shannon Thomas 

Intimate Deception – by Sheri Keffer

Should I Stay or Should I Go – by Lundy Bancroft

The Language of Emotions – by Karla McLaren

Boundaries After Pathological Relationship – by Adelyn Birch

The Betrayal Bond – by Partrick Carnes

Don’t Call it Loveby Patrick Carnes

Character Disturbance: The Phenomena of Our Age –  by Dr. George Simon

Podcasts – In Suggested Listening Order 

Betrayal Recovery Radio – APSATS

Beyond Bitchy: Mastering the Art of Boundaries

Helping Couples Heal – (KIMMY’S MUST LISTEN) #7 interview with Omar Minwalla 

Betrayal Trauma Recovery 

Sexual Addiction – Carol the Coach 

Websites – Not In Any Particular Order 

Posarc 

The Institute for Sexual Health 

Your Story is Safe Here 

Sisterhood of Support 

Positively Positive 

Note: Not responsible for the content, claims or representations of the listed sites.

About Kimmy Hunkle

Kimberly “Kimmy” Hunkle, MA earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology; Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling & Depth Psychology  from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from VUSC. She is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT #120934), Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC #50057169), Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADCII #A043920317) and a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS) with the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialist (APSATS).

Kimmy has practiced in the field of addiction and mental health for over a decade, in various settings and has extensive experience in treating a range of emotional challenges as well as trauma. She has provided training to a variety of populations as well, including in the areas of addictions, mental health and developing healthy attachments. Her range of training and experiences help her understand and connect with her clients and actively engage in the treatment and recovery process, regardless of their area of struggle.

Kimmy serves individuals, couples, family, and groups. She works with a variety of clients including individuals establishing and sustaining recovery from addictions (substances, sex addiction), partners of addicts, recovery from betrayal and infidelity, relationship adjustment and recovery, and grief and loss. Therapy methods include but are not limited to insight therapy (using a range of modalities), narrative therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, meditation, and emotion regulation.

Kimmy is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), C.G. Jung Club of OC, and Society for Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH).

Rates and Insurance

Rates
Individual Therapy $120 per 50-minute session
Couples Therapy $145 per 60-minute session

Insurance
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. I take all PPO plans with out-of-network benefits, and am working with insurance companies to take in-network insurance. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • Can I see/visit/work with an out-of-network provider?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Sliding Scale Fee
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.

Payment
Cash, check, insurance, and all major credit cards accepted for payment.

Cancellation Policy
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.

The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information and counseling resources.

Addiction & Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous
Sexaholics Anonymous
Sex Addicts Anonymous

Addiction & Residential Treatment 

Dee’s House for Women Over 30 Years Old

Family Members Affected by Addiction 

Al-Anon
Co-Dependents Anonymous
S-Anon
COSA

Magazine for ADHD

ADDitude

Mental Health Care

National Alliance on Mental Illness PsychCentral.com

Personality Disorders 

Info and Archived Blogs

Suicide Awareness & Hotlines 

Crisis Assessment Team (Orange County)
Psychiatric Mobile Response Team (Los Angeles County)
Suicide: Read This First

Personality Tests

Ennegram Test Keirsey (Myers-Briggs) Temperament Sorter

Trauma “Remote” Support 

CPTSD Foundation

Note: Not responsible for the content, claims or representations of the listed sites.

Helpful & Informative Books

The following books are listed to provide you with additional material and guidance about various subject matters.

Couples & Intimate Relationships

The 7 Principles For Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, Ph.D.

Getting The Love You Want, A Guide for Couples or Keep The Love You Find, Guide For Singles, both by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Love and Awakening, Discovering the Sacred Path of Intimate Relationship by John Welwood

Shattered Vows by Debra Laaser

Personality Tests

The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types by Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson

The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram, Nine Faces of the Soul by Sandra Maitri

The Enneagram of Liberation from Fixation to Freedom by Eli Jaxon-Bear

Personality Disorders

Buddha and the Borderline by Kira Van Gelder

Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas

In Sheeps Clothing by Dr. George Simon

Character Disturbance by Dr. George Simon

Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

Trauma

Body Keeps Score by Bessel Vanderkolk 

Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine  

Body Never Lies by Alice Miller

When Paid the Doorway by Pema Chodrin 

Mothers Who Can’t Love by Susan Forward

Daughters Betrayed by Their Mothers by Holly Kenley 

Partner Trauma

Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas

Don’t Call it Love by Patrick Carnes

The Betrayal Bond by Partrick Carnes

Boundaries After Pathological Relationship by Adelyn Birch

Sexually Addicted Spouse by Barbara Steffans 

Intimate Deception by Sheri Keffer

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law to ensure their safety.