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I'm Kim Thompson, PhD, a Clinical Psychologist specializing in identifying, celebrating, and supporting neurodiversity. I conduct psychological and neuropsychological assessments for people of kindergarten age through adulthood to diagnose and inform the treatment of:​ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderLearning Disorders (Like Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia)Autism Spectrum DisorderGifted & Talented and Twice Exceptional (2E, GATE).

About Kim

HI, I'm Kim. I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology and am Board Certified in School Neuropsychology and specialize in identifying, celebrating, and supporting neurodiversity.

 

I conduct psychological and neuropsychological assessments for people of kindergarten age through adulthood to diagnose and inform the treatment of:

Who I Work With in Therapy

I want to lift you up if you are a female-identifying or gender-queer adult who lives with ADHD (with or without formal diagnosis), depression, or anxiety. I also conduct assessments for children and adults whose ADHD symptoms make it difficult for them to access their potential. Therapy and/or assessment are sometimes essential in order to move forward in a world that is not always friendly to your neurodiverse gifts.

 

My practice is committed to providing support to members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and people of color.

 

I work virtually and in-person (proof of vaccination required) and am licensed in California, Hawaii, and New York. I am an ally to the LGBTQIA2S+ community. I acknowledge that my office sits on the territory of xučyun (Huichin), the original landscape of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people, the successors of the sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. It is important to recognize that the Muwekma Ohlone people are alive and flourishing members of the Berkeley and broader Bay Area communities today. As a result, I give to the Shuumi Land Tax which directly supports Sogorea Te’s work of rematriation, returning Indigenous land to Indigenous people, establishing a cemetery to reenter stolen Ohlone ancestral remains and building urban gardens, community centers, and ceremonial spaces so current and future generations of Indigenous people can thrive in the Bay Area. Shuumi means gift in the Ohlone language Chochenyo. Here is a link if you want to give Shuumi: https://sogoreate-landtrust.org/shuumi-land-tax/

 

I offer free consultations and encourage you to reach out to ask questions and see if we could be a good fit.

My Story

Hi, I’m Kim. I’m a mother, therapist, and a punk rock musician who specializes in identifying, celebrating, and supporting diversity—particularly neurodiversity.

 

When my daughter received an ADHD diagnosis, I realized that I wasn’t able to advocate for her in the public school system in the way I would have liked to, despite having clinical training. We were no match for the bureaucracy and red tape that stand in the way of accessing a 504 plan or Individual Education Program (IEP)—saying nothing about the challenges of managing her symptoms on a day-to-day basis.

 

But I’m pretty resourceful.

 

Flashback to my days driving city-to-city with my punk rock band. When the axle in our van broke, we knew that no one else was going to rescue us. Facing that kind of challenge is the kind of adversity that brings people together… and nothing beats the feeling of putting out a record and seeing your name on vinyl. It makes all the struggle and problem-solving worth it.

 

Now as a mother and therapist, instead of kicking speakers over, I’m learning how to kick down the barriers of entry to high quality psychological testing and therapy. School success and an even workplace playing field are fundamental human rights. People with ADHD and other psychological challenges deserve affirmation and support.

 

I’ve been conducting psychological assessments since 2001, and have come alive since opening East Bay ADHD, where I get to focus on what I care about most: helping individuals embrace the things that make them unique.

 

In my spare time I hike around the Bay Area, volunteer at animal shelters, am learning to surf in both Pacifica/Ocean Beach and Waikiki, and enjoy seeing live music (despite having traded an extensive vinyl collection for a more portable Spotify account). I’m an avid global traveler and my favorite destinations have included the Faroe and Shetland Islands, Amsterdam, and Buenos Aires.

1992 BA in Anthropology and Psychology

University of Wisconsin, Madison 

1998 MA In Clinical Psychology

University of Maryland, College Park

2001 PhD In Clinical Psychology

University of Maryland, College Park

2001 Predoctoral Residency

Cornell University Medical School

2002 Postdoctoral Fellowship

Columbia University

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