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Dr. Terrence P. Kimper, PH.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Terrence Kimper is a clinical psychologist practicing in Naples, FL. Dr. Kimper specializes in the treatment of anxiety, stress, trauma recovery, emotional self-regulation, and general psychological suffering.
Dr. Kimper evaluates and treats patients through a variety of methods, including cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, Rapid Resolution Therapy, and mindfulness meditation instruction. He also provides personal consultation, coaching, and help clarifying and understanding complicated or confusing life situations. Visits with Dr. Kimper are typically 90 minutes long and can be either in-person office visits or teletherapy via a secure link.
His practice is limited to adults 21 years or older who have proficiency in English. Zero bias regarding race, sex, gender ID or sexual orientation.
44 years Experience
Dr. Terrence P. Kimper, PH.D.
  • Naples, FL
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Accepting new patients

Is talk therapy more effective than medications?

Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t. If what you’re experiencing is schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder or severe major depression, talk therapy can be helpful but medication READ MORE
Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t. If what you’re experiencing is schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder or severe major depression, talk therapy can be helpful but medication perhaps more so. If what has been troubling to you is anxiety, or resentment, or grief or anger, or the lingering effects of disturbing prior experiences, then clearing those issues with psychological methods rather than medication makes more sense in the long term. The same goes for interpersonal issues, worrying, overthinking or dysfunctional patterns of emotional responses or behaviors.

Is CBT better than psychodynamic therapy?

It depends on what you’re looking to accomplish. Through psychodynamic psychotherapy, which is based on psychoanalysis, the developing relationship between the client and the therapist READ MORE
It depends on what you’re looking to accomplish. Through psychodynamic psychotherapy, which is based on psychoanalysis, the developing relationship between the client and the therapist is the medium through the client’s patterns of thinking, feeling and interacting and how they came to be as they are is illuminated. Through CBT, those same patterns are related to the client’s beliefs, assumptions, interpretations and ways of thinking, and are addressed more directly in terms of the feelings and behaviors they give rise to, and the focus of therapy is on adopting beliefs, etc. that are more logical and credible, and lead to more desirable results. More information is available on Wikipedia.

How can I get rid of my fear subconscious mind?

We absolutely depend on every facet of our mind. What I aim for in my work is not to get rid of that facet of your mind, but to tune it up so that it is working well for you. Fear READ MORE
We absolutely depend on every facet of our mind. What I aim for in my work is not to get rid of that facet of your mind, but to tune it up so that it is working well for you. Fear is an emotional and physiological response to a perceived threat that no longer serves or protects us. It charges us up so we can run away or hide, and there aren't many situations in modern life where that would be a good thing to do. Our deeper mind can lose track of what is real and what is being imagined, and when it does it tries to get us to do something about something that isn't really happening. That includes vivid memories, future possibilities, stuff that's on the news, or even a really engaging movie (especially if it is in 3-D) or book. What we aim for is to get that part of the mind to keep one foot in sensory reality and to respond with emotion only when there's something effective to be done now, and to only provide emotional energy that will likely help that to happen, like an impulse to step on the brake when someone unexpectedly stops in front of you. If your car is basically okay, but isn't running well, you take it to a mechanic. You don't try to figure out how to fix it yourself. Go ahead and make an appointment.
I hope this is helpful.

How long does it take for a panic disorder to go away?

There are two basic kinds of panic experience. In one, there is a sudden, very intense fear response that seems to 'come out of nowhere, and the other starts up less intensely READ MORE
There are two basic kinds of panic experience. In one, there is a sudden, very intense fear response that seems to 'come out of nowhere, and the other starts up less intensely and quickly builds to a crescendo. The first kind is usually connected to a previous intensely threatening experience that gets 'triggered' and then your mind mistakenly responds as if it's now happening or is just about to happen, or sometimes both. When it is cleared, the experience becomes just a part of history and the big upset no longer occurs. That clearing usually only takes a couple of visits with the methods I use. In the second kind, the focus is on how the mind first responds to some kind of perceived threat and then responds to the response as if it is a threat, which causes the mind to amp up the response, and that loop escalates to a peak. The key to that is to recognize that an emotional response is ordinary and non-threatening, and that indifference stops the loop. The second, you may be able to do on your own, but the first will probably require skilled professional attention.
I hope this is helpful.

How can I stop my fear and anxiety?

The short answer is, the same thing you would suggest that your friend do if his vehicle was idling at 3,000 rpm in park and sometimes automatically braked for no good reason. READ MORE
The short answer is, the same thing you would suggest that your friend do if his vehicle was idling at 3,000 rpm in park and sometimes automatically braked for no good reason. Take it into the shop and get someone to do whatever it takes to get that to stop happening. Fear and anxiety are both emotional and physiological responses to a perceived threat and are designed to get you to do something about it now, as if your life depended on it, which it almost always doesn't. If you can rationally conclude that some anticipated situation that your dread and tend to avoid is really not dangerous, then go towards it, stop avoiding it, and when nothing bad happens your mind will get the picture and will stop helping you to stay safe by scaring you. More often than not, the perceived threat is not happening at all and isn't about to happen, but your mind is responding as if it is. Clearing both of these unwanted responses is not that difficult for someone who knows how to do it, so take yourself to the shop.
I hope this is helpful.

How long does it take to emotionally recover from divorce?

The real question is, "What has to shift in the mind so that the unwanted emotions stop being a preoccupation and are very mild when they occur?" The time it takes for that to READ MORE
The real question is, "What has to shift in the mind so that the unwanted emotions stop being a preoccupation and are very mild when they occur?" The time it takes for that to happen depends entirely on how soon after it's over you can get that to happen. If you're finding it difficult to do that on your own, then get some professional assistance that's effective in making those shifts happen.

Is online psychotherapy effective?

It is if the therapist is effective and is comfortable doing online therapy.

Should I see a psychologist if I can't get over my ex?

In a word, YES. That applies to other perceived losses or disruptions in the course of your life. It can be an ex-anything: a job, a career, a parent, a fortune, a child, a reputation, READ MORE
In a word, YES. That applies to other perceived losses or disruptions in the course of your life. It can be an ex-anything: a job, a career, a parent, a fortune, a child, a reputation, an ability or skill, etc. Often, in such situations, is energizing you to do something to undo the loss, either by retrieving what has been lost or do something in the past to cause it not to have happened. The first is often impossible, or impossible for you, and the second is always impossible, but the unconscious mind hasn't gotten the news, perhaps because accept that it happened. Help is available, and getting some can prevent a lot of suffering and lost happy time.
I hope this is helpful.

Dr. T. Kimper

Can anxiety be managed?

It can. There are three levels to such management, whether it's anxiety, anger, stress, or other emotional turmoil: Level 1 is getting a grip on your actions, so you don't impulsively READ MORE
It can. There are three levels to such management, whether it's anxiety, anger, stress, or other emotional turmoil:

Level 1 is getting a grip on your actions, so you don't impulsively do things that are inappropriate or unskillful in the situation, or avoid doing what the situation calls for.
Level 2 is calming, soothing, distracting, or otherwise dialing back the emotion itself so that it isn't so upsetting.
Level 3 is getting to the bottom of it, so your unconscious mind doesn't push that button in the first place, in response to whatever information it is processing and interpreting as an immediate threat.

The key to entering into managing a particular emotion is realizing that it is your unconscious mind responding to data, seeing it as threatening, and causing an emotion, a thought, an impulse, or a sensation in order to energize your system to get something done NOW.
The original equipment of your brain defaults to running, ducking, hiding, attacking, or making whatever it is STOP, NOW. In our more or less civilized context, many of the things that the mind sees as a threat aren't happening here, aren't happening now, or aren't happening at all, so nothing needs to be done and we don't need to be energized as if it were. Getting the mind to respond in an upgraded manner may require skilled professional help.
I hope this is helpful.

Dr. T. Kimper

Can a psychologist help with chronic pain?

After a heartbreak, probably so; after a back injury, maybe. Get a free consultation, provide a bit more information, and get a more personalized answer. I hope this is helpful. READ MORE
After a heartbreak, probably so; after a back injury, maybe. Get a free consultation, provide a bit more information, and get a more personalized answer.
I hope this is helpful.

How long does it take for CBT to work for anxiety?

Very often, anxiety is the feeling you have when a facet of mind is dwelling upon a prior experience, viewing it as a threat, expecting it to happen again soon, and preparing you READ MORE
Very often, anxiety is the feeling you have when a facet of mind is dwelling upon a prior experience, viewing it as a threat, expecting it to happen again soon, and preparing you to escape. The actual present situation all but disappears, and along with it goes a realistic expectation of what is actually likely to happen and whether that would really be a threat, so the "stuckness loop" just churns away. CBT is a clinician’s attempt to stop the looping, bring you into the present, communicate an updated and more resourceful view, and to help your
subconscious mind to ‘get it’ and stop energizing your body get away. How long that takes depends in large part on the skill of the clinician, and also on whether to you they are credible and are making a good connection with you. When those factors are present, the shift can happen in one visit. When they’re not, it can go on much longer.
I hope this is helpful.

Can you overcome anxiety by yourself?

Maybe you can, but only if you know how to do that. To do so, you need to identify what your mind is seeing as a threat to your survival or wellbeing, get it to dial that back, READ MORE
Maybe you can, but only if you know how to do that. To do so, you need to identify what your mind is seeing as a threat to your survival or wellbeing, get it to dial that back, put it in perspective and recognize that it isn't really acutely dangerous, and then press only the energy buttons that are going to be useful fuel for skillfully executing actions that are actually possible, that would be beneficial and that you are going to be glad you did. Sincerely, good luck with that.

Social anxiety?

This is what happens when your inner mind perceives a situation or event as a threat to your survival or wellbeing. The original primitive response, which we share with a rabbit, READ MORE
This is what happens when your inner mind perceives a situation or event as a threat to your survival or wellbeing. The original primitive response, which we share with a rabbit, is to get ready to run like hell or freeze and hope the fox doesn't see us. It sounds like you're right about the social anxiety. The spaced-outness, or spaced-in-ness, will forget to show up if your mind can clearly see that there is no real danger. You might get embarrassed for a few seconds, or make a mistake, but they're not going to kill you or break your legs. That will be helped by re-processing a few bad prior experiences that set you up to expect and dread another one.
I hope this is helpful.

What type of psychotherapy is used for schizophrenia?

In my experience, psychotherapy isn't used for schizophrenia, but for people with schizophrenia. Having and living with that brain dysfunction is very challenging. It also doesn't READ MORE
In my experience, psychotherapy isn't used for schizophrenia, but for people with schizophrenia. Having and living with that brain dysfunction is very challenging. It also doesn't exempt you from other psychological problems, like anxiety, aftereffects of trauma, and depression. The therapy may also address the importance of medication consistency, accepting and working with side effects, developing coping skills, finding meaningful activities, having some kind of social intimate relationships, and generally having someone to talk to who isn't judgmental.

Does therapy help after divorce?

It ought to be automatic. Divorce isn't the same for everyone and many people are not seriously affected by it, but it makes good sense to have yourself checked out. For many, READ MORE
It ought to be automatic. Divorce isn't the same for everyone and many people are not seriously affected by it, but it makes good sense to have yourself checked out. For many, it precipitates loss or disruption of other relationships, especially shared children and extended family members, couple friends, and others. There are also often financial and lifestyle issues, alteration of the sense of identity and worth, sequela from abuse, neglect, or 'gaslighting', anxiety, depression, and traumatic emotional disturbance. Therapy can be very valuable for getting through that stuff and coming out whole and happy.
I hope this is helpful.

Does therapy actually help dark thoughts?

There are different kinds of dark thoughts, such as bleak hopelessness, suicide, and deep bitterness. If any of those are what you have, go for it immediately. People with vengeful, READ MORE
There are different kinds of dark thoughts, such as bleak hopelessness, suicide, and deep bitterness. If any of those are what you have, go for it immediately. People with vengeful, paranoid, or hateful thoughts don't usually want therapy, so that probably isn't you.
I hope this is helpful.

Why am I scared to ween off my bipolar medication?

Good! If you've been stable, episode free for four years, don't even think about it unless your doctor is onboard with weaning and manages it very carefully. The situation is analogous READ MORE
Good! If you've been stable, episode free for four years, don't even think about it unless your doctor is onboard with weaning and manages it very carefully. The situation is analogous to recovery from serious alcohol dependence. Four years of sobriety is a real good start, but that doesn't mean resuming drinking would be a good idea. Some people can manage that, but they are few and far between. Most folks try it to see if they can, and with foreseeable disastrous consequences. Enough said. A word to the wise should be sufficient.

Where can I get diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

If you are not in an emergency, get an appointment with a Board Certified psychiatrist.

Does killing animals usually indicate psychopathic tendencies in children?

Not necessarily. Many children grow up on farms or where having a few chickens or other animals that are raised for food is totally normal. Others grow up in families in which READ MORE
Not necessarily. Many children grow up on farms or where having a few chickens or other animals that are raised for food is totally normal. Others grow up in families in which hunting is totally normal. What is of concern is when the child seems to enjoy cruelty, deliberately causing suffering, or seems to get a charge out of pointless killing. We also look at how they relate to their fellow humans. If we see empathy, consideration, rule-following, respect, and kindness, and we don't see impulsive risk-taking, exploitation, disregard for the rights or feelings of others, and unusual selfishness, then there is less cause for concern.
I hope this helps.

What is the difference between marriage counseling and couples therapy?

There's not much difference. If the couple isn't married or about to get married, we don't call it marriage counseling. If the focus is on information, suggestions, or education, READ MORE
There's not much difference. If the couple isn't married or about to get married, we don't call it marriage counseling. If the focus is on information, suggestions, or education, then we don't usually call it therapy.