Elizabeth earned her MD at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio Texas and completed her Internal Medicine internship and residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. She worked for the next ten years in ER’s and urgent care departments In Virginia and Wisconsin, witnessing the troubles of the body and the mind and attempting to solve these issues with medications.
In 2006, she joined an Integrative Medicine practice to pursue her passion of healing the body with the mind. She received her training in medical acupuncture through the Helms Institute at UCLA, with further conferences in mind-body studies at University of Wisconsin at Madison, Mayo and Harvard. To deepen her specialization, she most recently earned a Practitioner certificate in Internal Family Systems – a type of mindfulness based psychotherapy.
Dr. Kimbrough believes that trauma and dysfunctional behaviors affect and arise from several key regions of the brain, so recovery involves a state of mind that is a place of clear, nonjudgmental perspective of both the therapist and the client.
In the presence of their own calm compassion, the client’s old pathways in the brain can be deconstructed, memories are converted, and key regions of the brain begin to work together. This involves listening to physical and emotional sensations and coming to respect these commonly uncomfortable reactions.
Usually we want to get rid of our anxiety as quickly as possible, but what if it is watching out for us? Telling us something is wrong or needs to be taken care of? Instead of working on getting rid of our dysfunctional parts like anxiety, can we actually listen and compassionately accept them as a wise counsel and thereby reduce their intensity?
IFS has become Dr Kimbrough’s passion where through her work she has seen the success of this compassion based healing process while working with panic disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and PTSD.