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Dr. Heesoo "Karina" Kim, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Depression Coping with life changes ADHD
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

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.

Professional experience

24yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Depression Coping with life changes ADHD

Additional areas of focus: 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, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and shame, Hearing Impaired, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy and childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social anxiety and phobia, Somatization, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trichotillomania, Visually Impaired, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

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

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

ND LCSW 5999

PA LCSW CW021166

NY LCSW PR063025-1

NJ LCSW 44SC05455900


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Heesoo "Karina" Kim. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I found Dr. Kim over 3 years ago, because I was searching for someone with expertise in addiction and marital affairs. Dr. Kim has helped me through the most dark times of my life. She asks thoughtful questions and isn't afraid to get to the tough things that you need to move forward. But she does it when it's the right time. I've received so much practical advice, tools and resources, she extends herself for her clients and is responsive to every question and journal entry. She has amazing follow up and I never feel like I have to remind her about the last conversation or repeat myself. She cares about her work and clients. I've had other therapist through this app and there's a reason that I've stayed with Dr. Kim this long. Very grateful to have found her.

Written on Apr 03, 2023 after therapy with Heesoo "Karina" for 3 years and 2 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and anger management

Dr Kim is kind and intelligent and non judgmental. I have talked to a few therapists in the past but Dr Kim has a way of exploring past traumas and also eloquently connecting current situations and allows one to draw out their own conclusions. She has been gracious with her time and is priceless to me

Written on Feb 08, 2023 after therapy with Heesoo "Karina" for 2 years and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, coaching, and adhd

Dr. Kim is one of the kindest people I've ever met. Her compassion always astonishes me and her optimism inspires me to be a better person. The perspectives that she shares never fails to help open my own thoughts in a way that allows me to have some peace. I've worked with her for the past 14 months and I can honestly say that she's made such a huge difference on how I view life and how I approach situations. She's seriously such a blessing and I'm so glad to have had her as my therapist.

Written on Dec 06, 2022 after therapy with Heesoo "Karina" for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

My sessions with Dr. Kim have always been helpful and illuminating as to how I approach my life and the challenges I’m facing. Weekly sessions have been instrumental in bringing about significant change, because it keeps me accountable. Dr. Kim is also able to oversee my progress week after week, and I feel that I have a strong support system because she is in my life. Live chat sessions are also a useful format as it lets me gather my thoughts and I am able to express myself at my own pace and without any pressure. This is a particularly good option for an introvert like me. Overall, I have grown as a person in the past year or so being in therapy and it is one of the most worthwhile decisions I have ever made in my adult life. Thank you Dr. Kim for your expertise and enduring kindness, of which I’ll always be grateful for having received it.

Written on Nov 15, 2022 after therapy with Heesoo "Karina" for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

I’ve been working with Dr. Kim for a couple of years and she has always been a listening ear without judgement. I always feel comfortable sharing with her and she’s been one of my biggest supporters through dark times. Glad to say I’m doing much better now thanks to Dr. Kim’s help

Written on Sep 09, 2022 after therapy with Heesoo "Karina" for 2 years and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

5 stars!

Written on Aug 12, 2022 after therapy with Heesoo "Karina" for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and anger management