Kim Cross is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Attachment Focused Family Therapist, Certified in Child Trauma, Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a Nancy Thomas Star Therapist. Her training includes over 300 hours in the areas of child trauma and attachment with national experts in the field of child attachment and trauma including Dr. Daniel Hughes, Nancy Thomas, Dr. Bruce Perry, Dr. John Briere, Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk and others.
She has spent the past 35 years in the mental health field at Menniger’s Children’s Unit and Topeka State Hospital Children’s Unit as well at Community Mental Health Centers as the co-director of a behavior disorder school, a case manager supervisor and as an out-patient, community based and in-home therapist. Kim has also worked in non-profit organizations: Project Mend (a preschool for abused/neglect and at risk children and their families) program manager and therapist, Battered Women’s Task Force counselor, YWCA Family Support therapist for children in the after school and daycare programs,
Over the years she has been actively involved in community services including the establishment of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Topeka chapter and assisting in the development of other Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drunk Driving chapters throughout Kansas. Kim participated in the work group for Victim’s Rights and lobbied for Kansas laws addressing drunk driving, domestic violence and victim’s rights and was a member of the Partnership for a Caring Community, Success by 6 and Safe Homes Task Force.
In 2001, she began focusing on obtaining training (click to review training) in the area of attachment and trauma related children’s mental health disorders and now has over 300 hours.Starting in 2003, she assisted parents in providing community and state wide awareness of attachment disorder, a parent support group and parent and professional annual training. She went into private practice in 2005, specializing in attachment and trauma treatment for young children. Kim believes she is following God’s plans for her, utilizing the gifts He has given to her and allowing God to work through her to bring healing to children and their families.