Sunah Kim, Psy.D.

Sunah Kim, Psy.D.

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - PSY24461
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 34685
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711 E. Walnut St. Suite 311
Pasadena, California 91101 - United States
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Fees: $150 per 45 minute session

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I'm a licensed psychologist currently practicing in the city of Pasadena in California. I specialize in the treatment of severe mental disorders, substance abuse, addiction, and personality disorders. I also work at a state psychiatric facility for patients who are severely mentally ill and criminally/civilly committed. As a staff psychologist there, I have been treating and evaluating patients with forensic issues of legal incompetency, insanity, mentally disordered offender, grave disability, conservatorship, violence, and sexual violence. Additionally, I have been offering training, seminars, and clinical supervision to practicum and internship trainees in the areas of landmark cases, multiculturalism, psychological assessment and treatment.

I obtained a master's degree in forensic psychology and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Denver in Colorado. I completed a pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral training concentrating on forensic psychology at Patton State Hospital. My clinical experiences throughout my career encompass a variety of populations and mental health issues. In addition to an inpatient facility, I have worked at various mental health settings, including community mental centers, corrections, and private sectors. As I'm originally from South Korea and personally I have been living with acculturation issues, cultural sensitivity and multiculturalism are of importance in my practice.

While I tend to think psycho-dynamically in my work, I am flexible and well versed in the utilization of other clinical tools and frameworks and versed with the following approaches: cognitive behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavioral (DBT), acceptance and commitment (ACT), mindfulness, and motivational interviewing (MI).

Philosophically, my view of human condition stems from a Zen concept of 'suffering' and 'transience of life.' I concur with its contention that suffering is an inescapable human condition, which is not a subject to overcome or quash rather to live with and is yet a basis for growth. Yet, without good enough inner strength and resiliency, we may feel defeated by life challenges and may ever erroneously think that suffering will never end or there seems no way out. In such moments, therapy can help broaden your perspective, get mobilized, and deepen understanding of yourself. In this journey, I see my role in therapy as a guide and a reflection of your affective experiences in the process of healing and furtherance of insight into your psychological difficulties and of self-understanding.

Email or Call Sunah Kim, Psy.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 34685

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • Korean

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Stress

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Psychodynamic

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