Area of interests include:

  • Trauma (including Childhood Sexual Abuse)
  • Attachment (specifically attachment injuries impacting later life relationships)
  • Marital & Couples Issues
  • Non-traditional lifestyles
  • EMDR/EFT/Gottman certifications

Kymberly Turiya, MS, LAMFT

Kymberly was born in Dallas, TX and moved to Utah when she was six years old. At 38 years young, with two teenagers getting ready to graduate from high school, she decided to return to school and finish her education. She attended the University of Utah and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, along with a Certificate in Positive Psychology and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She then continued her education at Argosy University where she received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Kymberly has extensive training and experience in working with clients who have suffered from trauma. She worked as a Victim Advocate for the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City during her undergraduate years and her passion for working with individuals who have suffered from trauma has only grown since then. She specializes in adults struggling with issues of childhood sexual abuse, attachment injuries and couples in conflict.

As a clinician, Kymberly is informed by models such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Family Systems, Structural Therapy and Gottman when working with couples who are struggling within their relationship.  When working with trauma she is informed by Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, otherwise known as EMDR. This is a proven modality for reprocessing trauma so that it no longer creates a negative impact on an individual’s life. She has found that addressing trauma prior to, or in conjunction with, EFT, helps the couples work become more effective without attachment injuries/trauma from the past impeding the effectiveness of EFT while doing couples attachment work. This allows her to then work within the couple dynamic to help alleviate attachment injuries within and between the couple.

While familiar with and using these different modalities for treatment, Kymberly also believes in the importance of meeting the clients where they are at and focusing on the issues that are presented to her without having her own agenda. Kymberly works to create a place of physical and emotional safety by maintaining a curious stance, which allows her clients to express themselves without the fear of judgment or stigmatization. Her experience with trauma and attachment injuries and her nonjudgmental attitude regarding non-traditional lifestyles, allow her to connect with clients quickly and on many levels. Her empathic abilities coupled with her sense of humor, nonjudgmental, empathetic, yet straight forward therapeutic style enable her to provide a safe, effective, positive therapy experience for her clients. Kymberly’s clients find that she shoots from the hip but speaks from the heart. She believes the saying that, “Everyone has a right to have a present and a future that are not completely dominated and dictated from the past.” ~Karen Saakvitne.

Kymberly has an amazing partner and together they have 1 girl and 3 boys, all college aged. She enjoys some rather “eclectic” past times, including rock hounding, crystal collecting, shed (antler and animal bones) hunting, carving animal bones, wood, and rocks and upcycling old furniture. She is lucky enough to have a “She Cave” at home in her garage ,which allows for these funky hobbies. She also loves summer, camping, boating, four wheeling, snowmobiling and has a passion for exploring the mysteries of the metaphysical realm, such as Tarot and Numerology Vibrations.