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Meet Dr. Hilary Stokes and Dr. Kim Ward of Authenticity Associates

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Hilary Stokes and Dr. Kim Ward.

Dr. Stokes and Dr. Ward, founders of Authenticity Associates, have been a team for over 20 years, having met while working in an organization committed to global consciousness. They are kindred spirits who upon meeting recognized an undeniable shared vision of transformation, compassion and authenticity. Each has a genuine and humble understanding of overcoming life trauma and vulnerabilities including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and purposelessness.

After years of searching for strategies to transform the past and live with joy in the present, they discovered many traditional approaches were missing key elements.

On their quest for happiness Kim and Hilary studied and experienced the gamut of mind body therapies. Together they have over 20 certifications in holistic modalities including Brainspotting, EMDR, meditation, biofeedback, somatic therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, Tibetan Buddhist psychology, hypnosis, energy psychology, coaching and visualization. Given what they learned they felt a powerful calling to align their energies in helping others to transform the heaviness of emotional baggage and experience the lightness and brightness of life in the present moment. Dr. Kim and Dr. Hilary have a private practice in San Diego California where they work with individuals and couples both in person and online. They are the authors of the bestselling books The Happy Map: Your roadmap to the habit of happiness and Manifesting Mindset: The 6 step formula for attracting your goals and dreams.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
After years of searching for strategies to transform the past and live with joy in the present, they discovered many mainstream approaches were missing key elements. These strategies centered on changing thoughts without fully considering the intricate and sophisticated influences of the body and emotions on those thoughts. They relied heavily on head vs. heart, thoughts vs. feelings, and mind vs. the connection of body, mind and spirit. Given what they learned they felt a powerful calling to align their energies in helping others to transform the heaviness of emotional baggage and experience the lightness and brightness of life in the present moment.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Authenticity Associates – what should we know?
Specializing in advanced mind-body approaches to healing

Authenticity Associates is a holistic coaching and counseling practice based in San Diego California. Holistic counseling offers a unique and powerful alternative to traditional talk therapy. Talking about and analyzing issues can lead to insight, yet not necessarily lead to transformation and healing. Advances in neuroscience have shown the importance of the mind body connection to resolving issues at the deepest level. Holistic counseling engages your mind, body and spirit to transform unwanted habits, decrease stress, anxiety and depression, heal trauma, rewire your brain for happiness, deepen your spiritual connection, manifest your goals, create loving relationships and live fully in the present.

Holistic approaches are especially important to healing from highly stressful or traumatic events. When trauma occurs, it overwhelms the system and we are not able to process everything that happened. It leaves behind a host of mental, emotional and physical residue in the form of anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, unhealthy habits and more that can linger for weeks, months or years to come. Highly stressful experiences cause our nervous system to kick into high gear and our survival instincts take over. Our rational brain is literally hijacked by our primitive brain that takes charge to survive the situation.

Traditional talk therapies work from a top-down model where thoughts are used to change feelings, behaviors and experiences. This model relies on the upper part of the brain, to manage and alter the inner and more primitive parts. As a result, the success of a top-down approach is contingent upon a client’s ability to analyze, narrate and verbally process their thoughts and feelings. This type of analysis is not often possible with intense stress and trauma. Mind-body therapies such as brainspotting, somatic therapy, hypnosis and EMDR follow the bottom-up model where the inner brain sends information and experiences up through the limbic system for release and into the neocortex for processing. Mind-body approaches engage our innate drive to release sensory, residue or unresolved experiences and open us up to new insights, equilibrium, regulation and improved overall health.

Holistic counseling is a collaborative approach where you will explore, discover and transform what is most important for you to experience your authentic potential. Whether you are feeling stuck, tired of dealing with challenging emotions and unhealthy habits or you want more happiness, confidence, presence and purpose, holistic counseling offers practical solutions. You will gain the tools you need to access infinite health and happiness.

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3 Comments

  1. Rev. Matt Garrigan

    March 21, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    The two of you are both Brilliant and fearlessly fierce in your actualization of empowering others. Your depth of knowledge combuned with your own sense of Self Inquiry places you in Being a space of Possibility for those who are in your expanded Presence. Congratulations on your Commitment to Humanity.

  2. Ann Gonzales

    March 22, 2018 at 3:37 am

    I love Kim and Hilary. They are the real deal. I met them in a spiritual practice and watched as they devoted themselves 100% to our practice while bringing amazing joy and kindness to the fellowship. I see Kim professionally now and she is a top notch therapist and healer.

  3. Laura Brownwood

    March 22, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    These two therapist have inner wisdom and share powerful processes that have helped MANY. They ARE authentic, passionate and talented in their field.

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