Meet the Team Series Kim Skelton

Jan 10, 2022

The Pearl Psychedelic Institute continues our Meet the Team series with Kim Skelton....

January 10, 2022


For Immediate Release 


Meet the Team: Kim Skelton


Kim's approach offers compassionate connection and mindful, heart-centered care. Kim has advanced training in evidence-based approaches including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP); Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA Therapy Training Program (2019) and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI) in Colorado. Kim has also studied herbalism through HERBalachia as well as Chinese Stone and Crystal Medicine with Sarah Thomas, L.Ac.


Her treatment orientation is rooted in existential/humanistic psychotherapy; ecopsychology (“connection with” vs. “power over”); harm reduction psychotherapy; EMDR (adaptive resolution of trauma); and DBT (mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation.)


Kim holds a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling (2005) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she grew up. Kim has experience working in a myriad of settings: universities; community mental health centers; school-based mental health; and a domestic violence shelter. She and Ilona Csapo, MD founded Willow Wellness and Recovery in 2013 and joined with other like-minded colleagues to create Widening Circles in 2017.


In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddling, gardening, photography, watercolor and playing with her furry, four-legged-children, Merlin, Simon, and Linus. More information about Kim's individual therapy practice can be found at kimskelton.com.


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The Pearl Psychedelic Institute is a nonprofit that aims to bring psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy into mainstream practice through research, treatment, and training while reducing the barriers to patient access. 


The Pearl Psychedelic Institute has been designated as one of 10 sites in the United States that will be allowed to provide access to this investigational treatment. The Pearl Psychedelic Institute is the only clinic affiliated with this program currently operating in the Southeastern United States; and specifically strives to serve the rural areas of Western North Carolina.