Kim Payne

Clinical Director IOP & PHP

Kimberly Payne


One of the greatest joys of my life is being able to support others in their pursuit of recovery, happiness, and success. My approach to counseling is integrative humanism which suggests that each person is unique and brings with them the capability and potential for growth. As a counselor, I work collaboratively to support my patients in identifying and achieving their goals. I recognize that overcoming an eating disorder may feel impossible and yet I have been a witness to people moving into the positive life they have always imagined. I use skill-based approaches including CBT, DBT, and ACT. I have a strength-based mindset and work towards helping people feel confident in their ability to recover. I also believe in the use of Somatic Techniques while addressing trauma and body image concerns. Everyone has their own needs, and I am flexible in my approach depending on what is going to be most helpful.

Before pursuing counseling, I assisted in research studies through the University of New Mexico, the MIND Institute, and the Center for Alcohol, Substance Abuse, and Addiction. I have always known that I wanted to work in the helping profession and this ultimately resulted in me earning a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University in 2015. Since that time, I have returned to Adams State University and have earned a Master of Science degree in Applied Sports Psychology and am currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. This path has led me to some of my special interests, such as helping athletes with eating disorders and supervising new counselors, and has also led me back to conducting research with a focus on the connection between the mind and body.

I am happy to have made EDTC my professional home. I have a passion for working with people with eating disorders and their families. As the Clinical Director of PHP and IOP I have had the opportunity to help people of all ages work towards recovery from their eating disorders. I love to work with individuals and with groups. I look forward to speaking with you and helping you on your road to recovery and peace.


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