Dr. Karina Kim

(PhD, LCSW, LCADC)

About Me

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 (friendships, love, family, etc), 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 23 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 since 2004 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 Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused CBT, Affect Regulation, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

I believe that weekly live sessions are most effective in helping 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
Also experienced 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 , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

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 B.R. on Jun 26, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

She is great.

Written by J.E. on Jun 25, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I couldn’t have hoped for a better therapist. Every session Dr. Kim is a wonderful listener, positive thinker, and has an amazing ability to ask questions that further develop my own growth. she has helped me with dealing with my chronic illness, relationship/break up, and continues to provide sessions that make me feel heard, understood and grow. I am truly grateful for Dr. Kim and would recommend her to anyone.

Written by M.I. on Jun 19, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coaching, and adhd

I love Dr. Kim. I have been her patient for over three months now. She will go out of her way to help you whenever you’re in need. She is the absolute best and I appreciate her unlike any other. Thank you, Dr. Kim!

Written by S.T. on Jun 10, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I loved working with Dr. Kim! She was kind and understanding during all sessions. She sent me many worksheets, which I found to be very helpful, and she didn't mind sending me more when I asked. She always listened to what I had to say and gave great feedback. My mental health has greatly improved since I first started working with her, and I'm forever thankful for that.

Written by A.L. on May 27, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions

I have been working with Dr Kim for 8 weeks now, and I can confidently say she is the best therapist I've ever had. She is genuinely caring and really just wants to help. I have been struggling with anxiety for many years, and after my sessions with Dr Kim I feel more confident and happy with myself than I ever have. She has been a great help and I would definitely recommend her to anyone! Thank you so much Dr Kim!!!

Written by B.R. on May 18, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Dr. Kim is a great counselor. She is understanding, listens actively and is very supportive. I was hesitant about going back to counseling but working with Dr. Kim has reassured me that it was the right decision.

Written by M.E. on May 17, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Dr Kim is absolutely remarkable! Her deep understanding, compassion & expert guidance has truly changed my life. She has been instrumental in helping me untangle a lifetime of suffering and live each day with courage, confidence and mindfulness. My only regret is not having done this sooner.

Written by M.E. on May 09, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

LOVE LOVE LOVEEE DR. KIM!!!! She has become more than a counselor to me, she has truly become a friend! She’s so warm and helpful! She comes up with creative exercises that help you really break down your inner thoughts and feelings, it’s amazing! I COULD GO ON! Definitely highly recommended!!

Written by A.N. on May 01, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Kim is such a great person to talk to. She really takes the time to listen and understand exactly what you are going though. She offers amazing advice to direct you through your conflicts and help guide you down the road you want to take. I always look forward to my talks with Dr. Kim and am super happy to have had her as my therapist for this short duration of time.

Written by R.E. on Apr 30, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

I love working with Dr. Kim. I think she is intelligent yet empathetic. Her whole experience in different therapies makes it a lot more fun!

Written by K.A. on Apr 15, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, self esteem, and career difficulties

Dr. Kim is a very experienced and understanding therapist. She was able to understand me and even point out things that have been affecting me my whole life before I recognize it myself. I find our sessions very helpful.

Written by D.E. on Apr 08, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr.Kim is so sweet and such a great person to speak with. Thank-you for being such a good listening ear for me especially after listening to so many others before and after our scheduled time...make sure to always make time for yourself and do lots of self care...because you deserve it!

Written by J.U. on Apr 08, 2020 after counseling with Karina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Kim is attentive, responsive and makes everything feel okay. She listens closely to my thoughts and feelings, and validates them while suggesting helpful and positive exercises, or possible solutions. She helps make me feel I am being listening to and cared for. Would 100% recommend Dr. Kim!

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 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 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!