Nyambura Kihato, M.Ed, MA, LPC, CCTP
Nyambura Kihato, M.Ed, MA, LPC, CCTP
Life is a balance between our inner and outer worlds.
As we move through life, we work hard to meet the demands and expectations of the outer world. But the outer world is often noisy and unpredictable, and may drown out our own voice and desires.
Still, we keep going.
Until we reach a point where we feel lost at sea. Perhaps a traumatic event, an illness, or a life transition brings us to this place. We become unrecognizable to ourselves. Where do we seek refuge and support? In our quiet moments of reflection or despair, we may catch a glimpse of clarity. Our inner world is making itself known.
What is my inner world trying to tell me? How do I quiet down the noise around me to experience the silence and clarity within? Whose life am I living? Is this all there is? What is the meaning of it all?
If you have pondered such questions, you are ready to explore the stirrings of your inner world and rekindle the inspiration you need to find your own way, to find your true home.
What does “home” mean to you?
As an immigrant, I find myself pondering questions of home, identity, and belonging. Having lived and studied in other countries, I understand the challenges people face when they leave home and move to a new place, and can relate to people from different backgrounds and walks of life. Whether you left your original home willingly or unwillingly, you have mixed feelings about your new home and the one you left behind, about the different people, values, cultures, and ideas you encounter.
Home can also be a familiar psychological space where you feel accepted and supported, where you experience a sense of belonging and connection. Your emotional home may be a life philosophy, subculture, minority group, spiritual practice or community that may hold different views and values than those of the larger culture. Ultimately “home” means coming back to your true self, feeling a deep connection with who you are, being clear about your core values and life purpose.
How can therapy help?
The act of saying out loud in the presence of another what one has been contemplating alone can be instructive and transformative. It can give you insight into some of the beliefs and patterns of behavior that make you feel stuck. It can help you reconnect with your true self.
When we connect with this larger Self, we are better able to regain our sense of inner belonging and navigate the demands and uncertainties of the outer world while retaining our identity and stability. We can be ourselves while also being part of a collective. Therapy can help us find autonomy, meaning, and connection.
As a therapist, I bear witness to people’s stories and life experiences while holding a space for meaning and healing to emerge. I feel drawn to immigrants and other minorities who may not identify with the larger culture or fit into society’s established categories. I also work with people going through life transitions such as divorce, health issues, career and midlife changes. When these parts of our lives change, we experience a shift in our sense of self, the roles we play, the masks we wear. How we manage these shifts determines how we can regain our balance and move forward with new meaning and purpose in life.
I have a passion for helping people who have a history of past traumas and experience anxiety or depression. I use mindfulness, Jungian analysis, and psycho-education to help people explore underlying causes for their distress. I also use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help people process past traumatic events so that they are able to move forward with their live and not stay stuck in the past.
If you are ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and return home to yourself, I would be honored to be your guide and witness in this adventure.
Nyambura Kihato, M.Ed, MA, LPC, CCTP earned her Bachelor of Education degree in German Language and Literature from Kenyatta University in Kenya, and studied German further at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, and in Luebeck, Germany. She went to graduate school at the University of Hull, UK, where she obtained a Master of Education in Counseling and Child Development and Learning. She taught for several years in Kenya before coming to the United States to study at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, graduating with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Nyambura is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia, trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). She currently serves on the board of the Jung Society of Atlanta and is training to become a Jungian analyst.