Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
Kim Hernandez Valdes
I am a Bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. I have been in the mental health field since 1999 as a social work intern in New York, a social worker for the City of Pembroke Pines in Florida (2002), and a Developmental Specialist for In-Home Service at Transitional Family Services in Tucker, Georgia (June 2006-Aug. 2009). My focus has been on community work assisting undocumented and documented Hispanic/Latino families via linking them to resources in the community, In Home Counseling Services, Parenting Education, Domestic Violence Education, Sexual Abuse Education, Anger Management. This has included advocating for families in court and in the school system. I have worked with individuals/families referred by the Department of Family and Children Services, Behavioral Health Services, and the Gwinnett and Dekalb School Systems. The families that were referred were dealing with legal issues, academic issues with their children, poverty, domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and physical or mental disabilities.
I am currently working on building and developing knowledge, skills, and experience in several areas one, Sand Tray World Play as I have participated in Sand Tray Play I, II, III, & IV. I have also completed review training's for Groups, Families & Couples Sand Tray Play February 2015 and a 5 day Intensive Sand Tray Play in June 2015. Secondly, Experiential Play Therapy Approach with Children developed by Byron and Carol Norton psychologists, authors, Play Therapy Supervisors. I use this approach for trauma work with young children and elementary school aged. The models I work with are Trauma Informed Models, Attachment & Developmental Trauma.
Finally, I am trained in the Brief Strategic Family Therapy Model (BSFT) for Family Therapy. I am currently Certified as a BSFT Therapist and continuing supervision for this model is ongoing as a requirement to maintain certification.
Kim Hernandez Valdes obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York in 2000. She received her M.A in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Atlanta 2011 and a Play Therapy Certificate for 150 hours of play therapy hours from Capella University in 2013 and many, many hours of training in sand tray play or other training in play therapy.
Kim is a Cuban American born in Yonkers, New York to two parents who arrived here after Fidel Castro took over Cuba in 1959. Her family sought political asylum during the beginning of this Cuban Era that had a major impact on generations today,
Kim is a wife and mother of two young adult graduates of Georgia Tech and UGA. Her role of wife of 25 years and mother has been her most important life experience that has supported her growth and healing in life's journey. Her passions include painting and reading mostly spiritual works, fiction, fantasy, and mythology.