Kimberly Sandstrom, M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy Registered Intern (IMF#67425)
Employed & Supervised by Kathryn de Bruin, LMFT (#43615)

About Kimberly

After growing up in Northern California, Kimberly completed a B.S. in Psychobiology at the University of California, Davis. After a career combining her love for neuroscience and business, as a pharmaceutical sales representative, Kimberly stayed home to raise children until finishing her Masters in Marital and Family Therapy at Bethel Seminary, San Diego, Magna Cum Laude. Kimberly worked in the field of alcohol and drug addiction, with families, as a volunteer, and completed her internship with the Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice, specializing in grief counseling with individuals, couples, and families before going into private practice.

Kimberly has served in various ministries and held leadership positions through her church in San Diego and integrates biblical principles into her practice with faith-based clients. For non-faith based clients, Kimberly's clinical training and clinical background provide a safe and calm environment in which to explore even the most troubling issues.

Kimberly is passionate about reconnecting couples in distress, especially after infidelity. Her training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, EMDR, grief counseling, and special clinical training with treating couples after affairs. provide her with a basis in which to understand couples' special needs during difficult times.

Personally, Kimberly has been married for 25+ years and with her husband, raised three children, all who are now adults. She is familiar with and understands the challenges marriages face in raising a family and navigating daily life, while staying connected to each other over time. 

"In choosing me as your therapist, please know that I am honored to be invited into your intimate space and I look forward to working with you."

2006-2011 M.A., Marital & Family Therapy, Bethel Seminary, San Diego
Magna cum laude

1984-1988 B.S. Psychobiology, University of California, Davis


Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology), Lifetime Member
Who's Who Among Students 2010, 2011


Therapy & Social Media

Safe Haven Workshops: A Christian approach to creating loving connection in marriage
(ongoing, please ask)

Hold Me Tight© Couple Weekends (ongoing, please ask)

Connecting & Maintaining Connection with our Children

Couples & Grief: Using Emotionally Focused Therapy to help couples turn towards each other in grief


"Pause Before Posting"-Social Media warnings for Counseling Professionals
"Pause Before Posting: Part 2" Practical Tips for Posting Personally for Counseling Professionals

Loneliness in Divorce

"Loving Connections"-Kimberly's blog on relational issues
Help! My Spouse Just Disclosed an Affair!
I Can't Stop Obsessing About the Details of My Spouse's Affair!
Escaping The Gilded Cage (a story about a couple's recovery in therapy)
Sending My Daughter Packin'


2012 Emotionally Focused Family Therapy
2012 Emotionally Focused Therapy Advanced Core Skills 
2012 Emotionally Focused Therapy, Mastering First Sessions
2011-12 Emotionally Focused Therapy Core Skills 
2011 Emotionally Focused Therapy: Healing Affairs Using Emotionally Focused Therapy
2011 EMDR Level 1 & 2 Training 
2010 Torn Asunder: Mending Infidelity Workshop, with Dave Carder, Author of "Torn Asunder" 
2010 Emotionally Focused Therapy Summit,
2009 Externship
2009 Cross Country Education: Couples and Affairs, Managing the Clinical Challenges
2009 Certified PREPARE-ENRICH Instructor (Couples marriage preparation and enrichment)


American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT), AAMFT Abstract Reviewer
California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT)
International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS)
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

Website Builder