Today we are delving in and taking a closer look at Kim Bauersfeld, counsellor at Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) for Women of SDG&A.
Kim began working in the social service industry more than 16 years ago. For the past 7 years, Kim has been counselling women at SASS. She has an average of 20 clients at any given time, all survivors of sexual violence. Women will come and see Kim for varying periods of time, depending on individual client need. This is usually a period from 6 months to 2 years, on a weekly to a monthly basis. Supporting so many survivors is part of what makes Kim a pillar of our centre, along with her carefree, positive attitude. When asked about her positivity she says, “I look at the world through a pair of rainbow glasses”. Kim is proud to be part of a centre where women have a safe place to come and talk about the trauma they have experienced.
Kim’s favourite part of her job is her interactions with the women she counsels. These women are so much more than the trauma they have survived, they are mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends. They are truly incredible women, their uniqueness, bravery and resiliency make them so special. Kim feels very privileged that women are willing to open up to her and share their intimate stories. When asked about her clients, Kim talks about them being so much stronger than they realize. She says, “They have so much to be proud of, of how far they’ve come, for how they have survived, their strength.” One of the most rewarding parts of Kim’s job is seeing the progress the women are making. She talks a lot about breakthrough moments. One of the best examples of this is when women start to see beyond the horrible traumatic things they have survived and are able to find the joy in the everyday small wonderful things. Simply having the courage to come to SASS with trauma and staring the healing process is something Kim sees as a breakthrough moment for her clients as well.
Kim also facilitates an art therapy group once a week. This class gives women the opportunity to express themselves and heal in creative ways. This group focuses a lot on visual arts, however every now and then music, dance and drama are incorporated into the weekly meetings. The safe environment of the art group is also a community of support for women, a sort of peer counselling, and a highlight of Kim’s week.
Kim is a very artistic person to begin with. She spends much her free time painting. Kim is also an animal lover, with two adorable dogs named Alice and Rosie, as well as a whole slew of cats. From her compassion for animals, her positivity and creativity, to her love of her job, Kim is truly a remarkable woman who we are blessed to have at SASS for Women. We appreciate her more than words can say and hope that you too have the pleasure of meeting her some day.
If you would like to make a counselling appointment with Kim please call 613-932-1755 ex. 26.