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An Interview with Marinda


Greater MN Member Spotlight

Name: Marinda Kimmel

Credentials: MSE, LMFT, NCC

Education: Bachelor of Applies Science in Psychology from University of Minnesota Duluth, Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling from University of Wisconsin Superior

Place of employment/What do you do? Five Rivers Mental Health Clinic in Mankato, MN

I provide outpatient therapy for individuals (all ages), couples, and families. In rural MN we have to be more generalists to serve our communities but I specialize in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy. I also provide licensure/clinical supervision.

Why do you do what you do?  What motivates you? I am motivated by helping others. I have a genuine curiosity for hearing people’s stories and helping them find meaning in their experiences.

How did you get into this field? I was really intrigued by my first psychology class and knew I wanted to work in a helping profession.

What do you know now that you wish you had known as a beginning therapist? You can’t change anyone else. Only they can themselves. I think we are a catalyst for change but ultimately they have to want it. You also can’t stop them from doing something harmful either. Clients live their lives in their own way and hopefully we can help them see patterns and/or other options to improve their situation.

How has a client impacted you?  Seeing growth and change is very rewarding. It is often a thankless job but occasionally someone really shows gratitude for what they have received in therapy.

How do you practice self-care and keep balance in life? I chose not to work on weekends. I need this sacred time away to recharge. I also spend time with friends and family and take time for myself. Sundays I especially like to have a relaxed day so I try to avoid scheduling things that aren’t rewarding for me on Sundays.

If you weren’t a therapist what would you do instead? Currently I’m pursuing candidacy for the MN State House district 16B. I hope to be able to do both therapy and politics if I am elected in November 2018. I hope that my ability to listen to people and mediate conflict can aid in finding political common ground and being a voice for my community.

What are people surprised to learn about you? I play the violin. Also that my cat has a bobbed tail.

What are some of your hobbies? Yoga, violin, canoeing, snow shoeing, crafts, paddle boarding

Favorite quote? I have so many favorites but here are a few…

“We’re all in this together”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”
“Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.”

Ultimate bucket list item? I hope to one day hug a koala

Best book recommendation? Persepolis

What is your involvement with MAMFT and why do you choose to be involved? I am a member of the MAMFT Greater Minnesota committee. I’ve been a member for several years and attended a handful of events (conferences, trainings, etc.). I think its important for more people in rural areas to have a seat at the table when decisions are made. I want to promote more opportunities for involvement in greater Minnesota.