Kimball Converse Pier spent her childhood in the mountains of Squaw Valley, California. But her idyllic life shattered and after many painful and traumatic years, she dropped out of high school at the age of sixteen. Her mother had died and her father left her on her own. After two years of living dangerously, she decided to put herself on the path of self-love rather than self-destruction. At eighteen, she entered Sierra Junior College and was invited to join the women’s cross-country running team. Although reluctant, she discovered the transformative power of running was a conduit to uncovering a fierceness and focus that would be life changing. She worked her way though school over many years during which time she was a professional athlete and a mother, eventually earning a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and then a doctorate in depth psychology. She has since worked in various community-based mental health settings, while also founding and directing Sierra Agape Therapeutic Services, a non-profit organization located in Truckee, California, dedicated to offering a range of healing services including individual and family therapy, divorce and parenting mediation, body work, and spiritual practices, on a sliding fee basis.
For the next twenty years, Kimball worked as a professional distance runner and participated in the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympic Marathon Trials, representing Nike for ten of those years. Traveling to races all over the world, she is proud to have been a female distance runner at the sport’s zenith for American women. Professional racing was a tenuous way to make a living and support herself and her two children. She started a business called Wish List Services in Seattle where she could clean houses, run errands, and cook for people to earn income.
In 1987, after having her second child, she returned to complete her bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington. With great difficulty (and a lot of time in the tutoring center), she graduated, and was accepted into a graduate program in marriage and family therapy, later earning her Ph.D in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her career as a depth psychotherapist has encompassed an increasing awareness of the importance of soul-tending and mindfulness practices, rather than reliance on western medicine alone.
Her work is centered on mind-body awareness, compassionate mediation with couples and parents, and trauma healing through the body. For twenty-two years, she has devoted her energy and time to community-based mental health, and in 2010, she founded Sierra Agape Therapeutic Services, a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer affordable therapeutic services, including individual and family therapy, divorce and parenting mediation, body work, and trauma healing through the body.
Kimball has two children: a daughter who is a social worker and a champion for social justice, and a son whose knowledge and wisdom continues to astonish her. They are her most precious gifts in addition to her husband, Jon, who has been an undying source of love and companionship.