Ventura Counseling & Wellness Center
I offer a safe space to explore what is needed to develop joy and contentment within yourself, your life and your relationships.
Kira earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has practiced as a Registered Dietitian for nearly 20 years. This work revealed to her the futility of pursuing physical health without also attending to mental and emotional well-being, ultimately leading to the discovery of a way to provide a deeper level of support for her clients as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Kira considers it an honor to walk with others through the grief and life transitions that follow significant loss or trauma, always respecting the pace that feels safe and comfortable for each individual. She offers compassionate assistance in the improvement of our relationships with ourselves, our bodies, with food, and with those we share our lives with. She believes in building lifestyle and thought patterns supportive of health and happiness to replace old habits no longer serving us. Kira combines her experience as a marriage and family therapist, nutrition expert, diabetes educator, yoga therapist, and ayurvedic health counselor to provide a wholistic approach to health and healing for individuals, couples, families, and children.
I believe every human is entitled to live with confidence and self love. I believe this is attainable for anyone and everyone who wants it regardless of age, gender identification, ethnicity, health challenges, adverse life experiences, family background, etc. Change is possible - together we can make it happen!
I draw on my training and experience as a marriage and family therapist, dietitian, diabetes educator, yoga therapist, and ayurvedic health counselor to develop a holistic healing path that will lead you toward your best self. Because mental and emotional distress happens in relationship, we begin with the most important relationship you will ever have – the one with yourself. The way in which we treat ourselves directly correlates with how we show up in the world and connect with others.
I offer a safe, compassionate, respectful, and welcoming space for all aspects of your being - especially the parts you feel inclined to hide. I work from a body positive, health at every size (HAES) perspective offering guidance toward intuitive eating and self acceptance. I offer tools and assistance in creating a sense of contentment and happiness with who you are and the choices you make.
The trauma of growing up in a household fraught with substance abuse and mental illness sent me in search of the ancient wisdom yoga and ayurveda offer. Through this awakening, I saw how I had been punishing my body for most of my life and turned the nutritional knowledge I had gained against my eating disorder. Just as contentment appeared on the horizon, my husband took his life. Mental health counselors carried me through the deep depths of grief and I vowed to also be that beacon for others.