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    Discover Your Path to Healing with San Diego Somatic Therapy Services

    We understand that life can sometimes be a bit of a challenge for San Diego residents, and we want you to know that while it’s normal to experience difficulties in various areas of your life, you don’t have to go at it alone.

    Whether you’re looking to heal from past traumas, improve your mental health, live a more mindful existence, or develop healthy relationships, we’re here to help.

    With over 25 years of experience, our team has honed the art of combining traditional and integrative approaches, in order to provide the best possible outcomes for our clients.

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    Empower Yourself on the Journey to Well-Being with San Diego Therapy Services

    Our team of highly trained and compassionate therapists are dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

    We work with you to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, and to empower you to make positive changes in your life, offering a range of therapy services to help you overcome even the most traumatic or complex issues and live your best life.

    We believe that everyone has the ability to heal and grow, and it is our mission to provide you with the tools and support you need to do so.

    So if you’re ready to start your journey toward a happier and healthier life, contact us today to schedule your first appointment today.

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    What People Have to Say About Authenticity Associates

    Dr. Myron Wentz

    I employed Kim Ward, Ph.D. and Hilary Stokes, Ph.D. for 8 years and found them to be a dynamic team dedicated to making a positive difference in the world. During that time they developed and managed the Psychology, Spirituality and Fitness Programs at Sanoviv Medical Institute. They demonstrated commitment, integrity and the utmost professionalism. I have great confidence in their capabilities and believe they will be an asset to any individual or organization.

    Yolanda King

    Hilary and Kim bring compassionate clarity and understanding to their clients. Their tools are effective in building relationship bridges and fostering authentic communication. I found their approach to be refreshing and disarming. I would recommend them to anyone seeking improvement in their relationships, personal excellence or health.

    Dr. Christiane Northrup

    I have personally worked with both Kim and Hilary. Their work is effective, straightforward and full of compassion. I recommend them without hesitation.

    Melanie Waltz
    Melanie Waltz

    I have been working with Hilary for almost two years. Our work has changed my life. The tools she employs and her innate sense of knowing exactly what I need are remarkable. Highly Recommend!!!

    Alina Grabowska
    Alina Grabowska

    After having plateaued with my CBT I needed something else to help me with my many problems related to self-confidence, self-perception, emotions management and feelings. I found brain spotting with Dr. Hilary online and thought I would give it a chance. This was 1,5 years ago and she still manages to keep me up levelling my results and help me understand myself better. She is kind, patient, non-judgemental, inclusive and so curious and funny. Really love her work and dedication. She is one of those who really care about her patients. Greetings from Luxembourg, Europe.

    Karen Dobyns
    Karen Dobyns

    I have worked with Dr. Stokes for many years now, and I am always super impressed with her broad knowledge base. She’s super smart, and has so many tools in her toolbox. She’s always calm and patient, and she’s got a good sense of humor – she doesn’t just put up with my quirks, she seems to appreciate them. She is compassionate and has great “therapeutic use of self.” She is always reliable and I’ve referred many people to her. I highly recommend her as a therapist.

    Steve Doster
    Steve Doster

    Working with Dr. Kim at Authenticity Associates has been life changing. She has helped guide me through different areas of life – family, friends, career, dating. They have so many tools and techniques. If one technique doesn’t resonate, then we try a different approach. It’s actually fun and mind-blowing what you don’t know. I always feel better after each session. Very grateful to be working with such amazing and caring people.

    Jen Morelli
    Jen Morelli

    Without hesitation, I wholeheartedly recommend this dynamic duo for anybody wanting to reach their true potential. Kim and Hilary are not only amazing, caring, and effective educators, they possess a rare talent that is inspiring to say the least. Their holistic approach shows you a different perspective in seeking improvement and clarity in all realms of life. From personal/professional, health related issues to purely building relationships, they are wonderful, compassionate coaches who give you the tools which work with quick results!! I am truly grateful for Authenticity Associates for helping me to become the person I strive to be.

    Nikaya Kipp
    Nikaya Kipp

    Kim Ward and Hilary Stokes are a dynamic, compassionate, and transformative team. They are truly holistic in their approach, and seek to help people find balance and health in all areas of their lives; mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. They customize their approach to uniquely suit each individual to help them make profound breakthroughs in their lives.

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    Somatic Therapy Services in San Diego

    what is Brainspotting


    Brainspotting is a somatic therapeutic technique developed by Dr. David Grand in 2003.

    It is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help individuals like yourself to process and resolve traumatic experiences and emotional distress. The theory behind Brainspotting is that trauma and emotional pain can be stored in specific areas of the brain, known as “brainspots.”

    During a Brainspotting session, your therapist will use eye position to help you access and process the emotions and experiences stored in these brainspots. Your therapist will guide then you to focus on a specific physical sensation or image, while also paying attention to your emotional and physiological responses.

    This process can help to release pent-up emotions and resolve traumatic experiences, leading to improved mental health and well-being.

    Brainspotting has been used to treat a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, phobias, and relationship issues. It has also been effectively used in combination with other forms of therapy for a more holistic approach to treatment.



    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the 1980s. This technique is used to help individuals like yourself process and resolve traumatic experiences and emotional distress.

    EMDR therapy is based on the idea that traumatic memories and experiences can become “stuck” in the brain, leading to negative thought patterns and behaviors. During an EMDR session, your therapist uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, tapping, or sounds, to help the client process these experiences. This process can help to release pent-up emotions and resolve traumatic experiences, leading to improved mental health and well-being.

    EMDR therapy has been found to be effective in treating a variety of mental health concerns, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and phobias. It has also been used to successfully treat a range of physical conditions (such as chronic pain) that are related to psychological stress.

    EMDR therapy is typically performed in a series of sessions at our offices, and is tailored to each individual’s specific needs and goals. It is a non-invasive therapy that does not require individuals to relive traumatic experiences in a detailed and explicit manner. This can make it a more accessible and comfortable option for some individuals who may be hesitant to engage in more traditional forms of therapy.

    Holistic therapy

    Holistic therapy

    Holistic therapy is a form of somatic therapy that considers the whole person – body, mind, spirit, and emotions – in the treatment of mental health and well-being. Unlike more traditional forms of therapy, which may focus on specific symptoms or behaviors, holistic therapy seeks to address the underlying causes of mental health concerns and to promote overall health and well-being.

    Holistic therapy may incorporate a variety of approaches, including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, nutrition, and other complementary therapies. The goal of holistic therapy is to help individuals achieve balance and harmony in all aspects of their lives, and to support the healing process from within.


    PTSD Therapy

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, combat, sexual assault, or other life-threatening situation. Symptoms of PTSD can include recurring intrusive thoughts or nightmares about the traumatic event, avoidance of reminders of the event, and increased anxiety and irritability.

    PTSD therapy is a form of therapy designed to help those suffering from trauma and struggling with symptoms of PTSD to manage their condition and live a normal, fulfilling life. The goal of PTSD therapy is to help individuals process and resolve traumatic experiences, and to reduce symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and irritability. 

    Authenticity Associates utilizes a holistic therapy approach that blends somatic therapy techniques and traditional counseling as needed to help heal PTSD.

    PTSD Therapy

    Trauma Therapy

    Trauma therapy is a form of therapy that is uniquely tailored to help individuals who have experienced serious traumatic events, such as natural disasters, combat, sexual assault, or other life-threatening situations. The goal of trauma therapy is to help individuals process and resolve the traumatic experiences, and to reduce symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and irritability.


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    About Our San Diego Therapists

    Whether you are looking to heal trauma, improve your mental health, live mindfully, or create healthy relationships, we can help. We bring more than 25 years of experience applying the best of traditional and integrative approaches.

    Our San Diego somatic therapy practice specializes in Brainspotting, Mindfulness, and EMDR. Whether you are dealing with an unexpected change, trauma, anxiety, health challenges, relationship stress, depression, or other mental health issues, having a trusted guide on the path can make all the difference. Over the past 25 years we have found mind-body therapies such as Brainspotting, somatic therapy, EMDR, and mindfulness get to the root of where we get stuck and allow for positive change. Together we will explore what is most important for you to feel better and identify a path of healing. We are committed to creating a space of healing with compassion, warmth, and authenticity. Reaching out for support is a courageous step.

    Statistics About San Diego Mental Health

    of adults live with a serious mental illness (SMI)
    of children exhibit a severe emotional disturbance (SED)
    of adults in California had a mental illness within the last year (Mental Health America)
    of California adults have a substance use disorder
    of youth ages 12-17 experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year
    of California youth suffer from major depression
    100,000 residents
    3.8 counselors
    48 social
    71 family
    1.1 psychiatric
    52 psychologists

    For every 100,000 residents, San Diego has 3.8 counselors, 48 social workers, 71 family therapists, and marriage counselors, 1.1 psychiatric nurses, 52 psychologists, and 16 psychiatrists

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    • Statutes and Regulations Relating to the Practices of Professional Clinical Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Educational Psychology, and Clinical Social Work

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