Therese Kim

Works with:

Individual adults (age 18+). I work with LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, and people of all abilities; I welcome people from all walks of life to my practice. 

Therapeutic approach to care: 

I am Client Centered and believe that each client I meet has the tools within them to heal and grow. You are the expert in your life. I view therapy as a client’s time and follow their lead to support their healing. While we meet, I will utilize any tools I have gained in my professional life to help you reach your goal and will identify others you may not know you already have. Inside each human being lies a natural self-actualizing process always at work. I believe coming to therapy, even just showing up, helps you tap into your unique healing process.

Modalities Used 

  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Trauma Informed
  • Strengths Based
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT, CT-R)
  • Mindfulness Practices (DBT)

Areas of Specialization: 

  • Trauma, complex trauma, PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychosis (hearing voices, unusual experiences)
  • Grief and loss
  • Managing transitions, illness, disability 

Professional Experience: 

I began my professional experience with an intense year of training in Client Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy. At this small Rogerian counseling center on the University of Chicago campus, I learned how to listen and follow a client’s natural process to facilitate change. I earned a MSW from Springfield College where I specialized in Advanced Generalist Social Work and have a specialization in clinical social work with a license to practice independently. I have worked in schools, domestic violence shelters, crisis shelters, clinics, and have met people in hospitals, in their homes, in my therapy office, and online. In all of these places, I have encountered individuals searching for healing and change.

 I am a professional artist and have utilized art to facilitate social change, from supporting former prisoners transitioning to life in the community, or as a medium for grieving students to process their feelings of loss. I have studied art therapy and use it in my practice when it is appropriate and helpful. 

Today, I am dedicating my experience and education to offering quality mental health services to clients wanting to heal and transform their lives. 


Springfield College, MSW 2018 

The Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Research Center 1987

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1985 


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT, CT-R)
  • CBT for anxiety
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Contextual Rehabilitation
  • DBT
  • Mindfulness
  • MBSR
  • Trauma and the brain
  • Art as therapy