Dr. Karina Kim

(PhD, LCSW, LCADC)

About Me

Being a Parent of teenagers can be more than difficult. It is a labor of love that takes a lot of patience, unconditional love, sleepless nights, endless worry, courage, anger management, coping skills, limit setting, being firm and providing discipline, and teaching and showing youth about the importance of delayed gratification. I have 10 years (out of 22.5 total years of providing psychotherapy) of specialized experienced in working with youth from all ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds with complicated issues and situations whether its about substance abuse, love and relationships, academic stress, family conflicts, grief and loss, bullying, self esteem, autism spectrum disorders, social communication disorder, and depression and anxiety. Additionally, I have been providing supervision for licensed therapists who work with children for the last 9 years.

GENERAL BACKGROUND
Such a pleasure to meet you. I am happy you want to work on goals to change your life.

I value change, hope, optimism, compassion, positivity, gratitude, mindfulness, and learning from those who have overcome multiple barriers but have still followed their dreams. I also value being kind to people and animals. I appreciate that life is precious and we need to live in the moment and treasure it and the people and animals we love.

Psychotherapy Specializations include: depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, phobias, sexual abuse/sexual assault, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), traumatic brain injury, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, social communication issues, relationships, fertility issues, adoption, LGBTQ, work stress, career transition, childhood abuse and neglect, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, couples counseling, substance use disorders, and working with children and adolescents.

I believe that a therapist who has a diverse range of work experience can help clients on a deeper level. Thus, I have gained other experiences across various states (besides providing psychotherapy for 22.5 years for individuals across all socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds), including administration and management, directing clinics, implementing and auditing compliance measures, authorizing inpatient detoxification for substance use disorders and acute inpatient mental health admission in managed care settings, public health administration, clinical supervision, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, teaching at the graduate school level, research, training, developing programs, writing and implementing policies, community outreach, and in-home therapy services.

Counseling Techniques: Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocesing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused CBT, Affect Regulation, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

I believe that weekly live sessions (chat, phone, video) are most effective for me to help people.

I look forward to getting you to where you want to go as quickly as possible.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
  • ADHD

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue

Years of Experience: 24

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #44SC05455900 (Expires: 2020-08-31)

LCSW #PR063025-1 (Expires: 2021-09-30)

LCSW #CW021166 (Expires: 2021-02-28)


Reviews

Written by R.A. on Mar 19, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

My boyfriend and I are loving working with Dr. Kim. She is really understanding, calming, sees both sides in a discussion. We have recommended so many friends we know to work with her in the future. I am hoping they do so. We both feel that she is helping my boyfriend and I understand each other better & we learn how to both be a better partner to one another through her therapy methods and suggestions. We both are very pleased with our progressions working with Dr. Kim, and plan on continuing with her help for many months to come.

Written by G.I. on Mar 15, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

I love Dr. Kim because she is an amazing listener, she gives great advice, she understands the situation and she has been there. She understands the struggle of working full time and going to school full time. She is a very strong and positive person who is a great role model. I honestly cannot wait to be a counselor like Dr. Kim! She is a keeper!

Written by J.O. on Mar 12, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Dr. Kim has been very understanding, knowledgeable and responsive. She has offered insightful suggestions and is very goal-oriented.

Written by J.E. on Feb 28, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Kim helped me with a variety of issues including my anxiety/depression, imbalances in my relationships and finding connections in my past that affect me today. She did all this without judgment. She’s lgbtq friendly, and has an understanding of different relationship dynamics outside of monogamy. Thank you for helping me through the past month Kim! Highly recommend!

Written by K.R. on Feb 26, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I’ve been working with Dr Kim for a few weeks now. She is fabulous. She’s so warm and inviting, and very easy to talk to. She listens to my words and offers thoughtful feedback without judgement. I really enjoy my sessions with her and I would recommend her services to anyone going through a difficult time.

Written by I.S. on Feb 23, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

She is a great soul. She listens to my problems but and help guides me in the right decision that’s best for me. Thank you

Written by Z.A. on Feb 19, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Karina Kim is a life saver. She’s so patient, and kind. Her voice is the best part of the conversation. In all the chaos she’s able to settle us and allow us to see things clearly. My partner and I love Dr. Kim. teen counseling was the best decision we’ve made.

Written by A.L. on Feb 17, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, and adhd

I loved everything about this counseling.

Written by K.A. on Feb 12, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, and grief

I really feel like she cares and I appreciate that a lot. Thank you.

Written by J.O. on Feb 09, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

In the few sessions I have had with Dr Kim, I feel that she’s responsive and understanding. Always proposes a method to resolve and progress. I have recommended Dr. Kim to my friends and family.

Written by P.A. on Feb 04, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 1 week on issues concerning coping with life changes

Dr. Kim is a great counselor who will help you through many problems such as the relationships you have with people in life that i was dealing with. She is direct with her advise and she is a good listener.

Written by S.H. on Feb 01, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder,

Dr Kim is very understanding.

Written by V.A. on Jan 29, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 weeks

Dr Kim is phenomenal! Our 15 y/o daughter was struggling with anxiety and depression. We as medical professionals tried and were failing miserably to help her. We had several counselors prior to Dr. Kim. Dr. Kim is an expert with teens. Super positive and supportive, even guides us to help our daughter. I will be forever grateful for Dr. Kim. She is absolutely amazing!

Written by L.Y. on Jan 28, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

For a first timer, I surprised myself that this new way of therapy would work. Dr Kim is a good listener and gave me practical action/steps to take that aren’t huge tasks that would overwhelm me. I only had one phone call. I’ve sat with therapist for an hour each week w/very little help (for months).

Written by A.N. on Jan 27, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Kim is one of a kind and makes me feel extremely comfortable with opening up - which is all I could ask for from a counselor.

Written by C.A. on Jan 27, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Karina is fantastic.

Written by P.A. on Jan 14, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 3 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Kim was able to give me several anxiety reducing exercises to help me through a very stressful day. I'm looking forward to our upcoming video session!