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