Young Ok Kim, Psy.D. was born, and grew up, in South Korea. Prior to coming to the USA in 2007, she worked for ten years as an international worker (missionary) in both India and Siberia, Russia. Dr. Kim received a master’s degree in intercultural studies from Chongshin University in Korea, as well as two master’s degrees from Fuller Seminary in California; one in marriage and family therapy, and the second in theology. She also holds a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois.
Dr. Kim enjoys helping those facing diverse challenges such as: anxiety and depression, trauma (including growing up in an abusive family), self-esteem, selective mutism, attachment issues, struggles with loss and grief, divorce, relationship issues, family conflict, and spiritual struggles related to mental health. Particularly, Dr. Kim has a special heart for 1.5 and 2nd generation Koreans and their parents who face difficulties related to the unique generational differences stemming both from language and cultural barriers. She provides therapy in English and Korean.
Dr. Kim is also an active volunteer in the Korean community in Chicago. She regularly volunteers at Korean American Wellness Association (KAWA), a non-profit association, organized by mental health professionals and community experts to promote wellness of the Korean American community through increasing awareness of mental health issues, education, and bridging resources.
Dr. Kim’s approach involves identifying and addressing the root causes of an individual’s concerns, rather than settling for temporary short-term solutions. She helps clients explore their experiences and relationships to uncover underlying patterns that contribute to their pain. In doing so, Dr. Kim believes that each will experience their authentic self.