About Kim

My office is surrounded by restaurants, coffee shops, and a small park. On-street parking is easy to find. 

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 Disorder

  • Learning Disorders (Like Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia)

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Gifted & Talented and Twice Exceptional (2E)

I work closely with you to provide the support you need- whether it be identifying and recommending workplace or educational accommodations (like IEP or 504 plans) or executive functioning coaching. I create organization, planning, and time management programs customized for you. Parents need support too- I help you identify and implement management systems that will bring relief to difficult and challenging situations at home.

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.      

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My Story

I became interested in ADHD and neurodiversity when my daughter received an ADHD diagnosis. I quickly discovered that even with my clinical training, I was unprepared to advocate for her in the public school system, and felt confused wading through all the bureaucracy and red tape that getting accommodations like 504 plans or an Individual Education Program (IEP) involve. I also didn't have the practical tools I needed to help her (or me!) manage her symptoms on a day-to-day basis. I realized that I could use the years of experience and knowledge I've gained through this process to help others. In addition to my PhD, I have also completed additional training and certification in ADHD-specific and other neurodiversity content.

I have a punk musician and activist background- my philosophy involves kicking down barriers to accessing high quality psychological testing. School success and an even academic playing field are fundamental human rights that everyone should have and it’s not fair that people with ADHD and other psychological challenges suffer from not being identified or supported.  That's why I provide pro bono and sliding scale assessments each month to underserved populations- no one should fall through the cracks.  

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 I enjoy seeing live music (despite having traded an extensive vinyl collection for a more portable Spotify account). Pre-Covid I was an avid global traveler and I look forward to being able to return to some of my favorite places like the Faroe Islands, Amsterdam, and Buenos Aires and to explore new countries and cities.

Although I do not participate in any insurance panels, I believe in the democracy of mental healthcare, and have limited spots for clients who need sliding-scale assessment services. I also keep my wait list short to empower you to make informed decisions about your healthcare. I can provide invoices/receipts that you can submit to your own insurance company for reimbursement- insurance companies may cover up to 80% for out of network services. 

What Clients Say

 

"I truly believe that Kim doesn't just think of her job as a bunch of tasks to be done, but as a way to genuinely support and empower those who are wired differently." 

★★★★★ ~ Yelp review, 6/10/22

"Kim Thompson was amazing to work with during a very vulnerable time for me and my daughter. Kim was kind and thoughtful during the assessment process and managed to connect with my daughter so she felt comfortable and seen. The evaluation report was super thorough and included many helpful suggestions for how to better support my daughter at home and at school. I can’t recommend Kim highly enough. ~ Parent of client

"As the parents of two special needs children, we have worked with numerous mental health professionals. Our kids have had more than their fair share of arduous assessments done. The experience we had working with Kim showed us what those experiences should look like. She is truly the gold standard. She was able to build an instant rapport with our child and with us. She is deeply committed to the families with whom she works and genuinely seems to have the best interest of the child as her North Star. She made all of us feel heard, valued, and validated. She was extremely accommodating with scheduling. The final report was exhaustive and well-written. We count ourselves lucky for having been able to work with Kim."  -Parent of client

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