Johnny  Kim
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Johnny Kim


Master of Social Work, MSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Missouri Accepting Online
Downtown West Accepting In-person
Updated November 5, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • Depression
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Johnny Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Saint Louis, Missouri. He works primarily with adolescents and young adults in reclaiming ownership and agency with the self. He specializes in helping high achieving individuals with identity issues, low self-esteem, depression, trauma, and difficulties with adjustments across life transitions.

Johnny's therapeutic approach revolves around Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, but is informed from different modalities in an effort to maximize treatment planning. He has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). These respective practices in combination are found to be more effective in addressing painful core conflicts and navigating interpersonal relationships while staying congruent and values-aligned.

Johnny is a first-generation Asian American who earned a Master's degree in social work at the Brown School at Washington University in Saint Louis. He has worked across a diverse range of different settings, which involves advocating for survivors at a domestic violence agency, conducting evidence-based research for eating disorder interventions, and providing care to children with autism. He then transitioned to provide therapeutic services to underserved and underrepresented populations throughout the Saint Louis region. Johnny is committed to providing a safe and authentic space to helping clients understand themselves better and achieve their desired goals with consideration to their background and experience.

Message to clients

Hello there!

"How are you today? What could be better and what could be worse?"

These are the first two questions that I believe are incredibly important in beginning an important conversation and in learning more about you. Perspective helps us shape the way we navigate and interpret the world and our surrounding circumstances. I aim to help you reframe, improve, and nourish your relationship with yourself and to the things that are important to you, so that you can lead a more fulfilling life.

When we feel hesitant or unsure, or even when we feel disproportionately distraught or angry, these are all indicators of parts of who you are and who you would like to communicate with those around you. However, there might be some difficulties in expressing yourself in the way that you would like. Maybe you feel like you haven't had a space to be yourself. Perhaps you haven't come to a point of understanding of who you are or who you would like to be. If you feel as though these thoughts may resonate with you, I invite you to reach out to learn more.

I believe that you know yourself best, and I am here to accompany you as you explore your thoughts and build your relationship with yourself. Through this, I hope to help you implement adaptive solutions that are self-sustaining over the course of a lifetime.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Cigna
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Initial session: $200 (45min)

Additional session information

Therapist's note

There are limited sliding fee spots available. Please call and see if you may be eligible.


Online Sessions (Missouri)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Tue 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Wed 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Thu 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 10 AM - 5 PM

Downtown West practice
1430 Washington Avenue Saint Louis, Suite 231, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00 AM - 7 PM
  • Tue 10:00 AM - 7 PM
  • Wed 10:00 AM - 7 PM
  • Thu 10:00 AM - 7 PM
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 10:00 AM - 7 PM

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 2 years

Open Arms Wellness, Clinician, 2021 - 2023
St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, Clinician, 2020 - 2021

The Brown School at Washington University in Saint Louis, MSW, 2021
Washington University in Saint Louis, B.A. Psychology, 2020


Missouri: 2023038331