About Me

I'm a parent and parent coach, a psychotherapist, educator and writer. I have a passion for helping parents better understand their parent-child relationship.

I was born to a Bostonian father and a British mother whose lives could not have been more different. They raised five children and married for almost 55 years. I am their middle child. I grew up in Washington, D.C. and moved to Vermont 29 years ago.

I'm married to Kevin Ellis and have four kids, between the ages of 23-30. In our thick-of-it parenting years, we homeschooled for ten years. We lived on a mountaintop in Vermont before moving to Cambridge, Ma. for my second Masters.

I love both vegetable and flower gardening, adventuring and family gatherings. I love quiet. Parenting You is the natural outcome of a full life (so far) of learning, loving, struggling and ultimately committing to parent leadership and personal growth.

I have a Master's in Adolescent Psychology (with a focus on creativity, development and identity formation) and a second Masters in Mental Health Counseling (with a focus on Expressive Therapy). A turning point in my education came when I trained in Internal Family Systems model (IFS) developed by Richard Schwartz. IFS plays a significant role in Parenting You. 

What Parents Are Saying

"Kimberly asks hard questions, and holds my feet to the fire. She has a gift for asking the right questions, and coming up with strategies that are manageable, comprehensible and always on target. "
- Single mother of two adopted boys (ages 9 &13)
"Kimberly has been a God-send to me. She always gets where I’m coming from and supports me while giving me guidance, tools and hope. "
- Single mother of one (18)
"Her approach is caring, no-nonsense and action oriented. I would definitely recommend her."
- Single father of three (ages 9, 9 & 12)
"We sometimes wonder how we managed as parents before we met (Kimberly)! We feel more confident and calm as we parent our kids together. "
- Father of two (ages 3 & 5)
"She is superb at finding the right balance of coaching, guidance and providing practical tools. She is insightful and encouraging but also knows when to provide the necessary push me to look deeper at my reactions to given situations. ... I strongly urge any parent to work with Kimberly, especially when a parent is confronted with recurring challenging interaction with your child."
- Mother and stepmother of four teenagers