Sharmen Kimbrough received her master’s degree in professional counseling in 2012 from Liberty University. Part of her training included peer counseling at a Pregnancy Care Center (two years), an internship at an inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment center (one year), and extensive volunteering with teens and mentoring groups (since 1995). She opened her own coaching practice in 2012, specializing in helping women navigate divorce, standing for their marriage when their spouse will not, and healing from emotionally and spiritually destructive relationships. Alongside maintaining her own practice, Sharmen also currently works with Dr. David Hawkins at the Marriage Recovery Center based in the Seattle, WA area, where they specialize in working with high-conflict couples and emotionally destructive relationships. She has been an integral part of the MRC team since 2015 and has worked extensively to help men, women, and couples find practical ways to heal – individually or together – and live life much more intentionally.
As a Relationship Coach, she works with individuals and couples who are trying to untangle the mess and impact of emotional and spiritual abuse on their lives, to heal from the trauma and learn to live well, love well and lead well. While she strongly discourages couples counseling where conflict is high and abuse is rampant, she has a unique capacity to stand in the gap for the victim while addressing the underlying, covert power-and-control issues should they insist on couples work. She works hard to help the silenced and down-trodden find their voice and learn to speak it with dignity and strength. She is a strong proponent of individual coaching first, as a chance to heal, find clarity and strengthen boundaries prior to trying to address the symptoms within the relationship.
She also provides coaching for pastors, counselors, and other coaches who are seeking to hone their skills as innovative leaders within their respective environments. She provides life coaching for young adults and college students who are struggling to find their sense of self and direction. She focuses upon learning to walk out the story you do want your life to tell and finding the courage to show up, come out of hiding, and live authentically.
The backbone of her work is built much more upon experience than book-learning. She has experienced a lifetime of learning how to navigate destructive behavior and emotional abuse, as well as divorce and single-parenting. The adversity of her own life has uniquely prepared her to speak wisdom into the lives of those around her.
Sharmen specializes in navigating life and relationships from a Christ-centered perspective. She brings a strong sense of optimism to the table and is often able to reframe issues in a way that brings insight and motivation to change. She loves speaking hope into hard situations and watching people grab hold of that hope to work toward a breakthrough in the mess they’re facing.
- Relationship Coaching for high conflict relationships
Cost per Session: $100
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License/Certification: Certified Master Relationship Coach
School: Master's Degree in Professional Counseling, Liberty University 2012
How Do You Change Lives?
The explosion in virtual-based coaching has allowed Sharmen to reach the lives of thousands of people across the globe. The majority of her clients meet through Zoom (or other agreed-upon platforms). She uses a practical, solution-focused approach to establish where you are, where you want to get to, and how to get through all the junk in the way.