Christina Im

LCSW

Christina Im

LCSW

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Not Accepting New Clients
Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Meritain Health
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • OSCAR
  • Oscar Health Insurance Co.
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • UMR
  • United Health Care
Fees: Please contact me via email or phone for private pay or clinical supervision rates.
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

New York, New York 10003

My Approach to Helping

My place in this world is to be the foundation for people when they feel as if they have none. My duty is to provide my clients with the tools they need to continue the process of healing long after they cease from receiving my services. I am the pillar of strength for my clients to lean on until, together, we find a way for them to stand tall on their own. This is the therapeutic relationship; the definition of healing that lovingly guides me in my practice.

More Info About My Practice

Our appointments are virtual as we are no longer seeing clients for in person services. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily closed our offices and moved exclusively to telemental health services and teletherapy via our secure, HIPAA compliant video conferencing platform or by phone.

My Role as a Therapist

Through our collaborative work, my clients discover and process the underlying that impact their internal and external influences on their past and present lives. By helping clients bring the unconscious into conscious awareness, they are able to safely explore the depths within to uncover and identify relational patterns that have caused cyclical themes and unwanted thoughts, feelings, or experiences, while unveiling their innate strengths and power to overcome challenges as they move towards a values-driven life.

In our therapeutic journey together, clients learn more about their inner true self and situations subjected to neglect, abuse, psychological manipulation, oppression, etc. These unwanted situations may have also become cyclical throughout periods of their life, resulting in immense suffering, distress, self-blame, and guilt. Due to the inner and interpersonal complexity accompanying painful and traumatic experiences, the self becomes repressed from flourishing and expressing its beauty in authenticity.

As humans are naturally evolving each day, my clients, too, learn to fully embrace their beautiful, authentic self as they continue to grow and blossom, filled with confidence, self-acceptance, and self-love. As a result, clients triumph over obstacles and everyday stressors, nurture healthier relationships with the self and others, find balance and healing, and feel liberated with peace and calm as they continue to transform into their fullness and progress on the journey of life.

My Therapy Focus

I specialize in trauma-informed, neuroscience-integrated, and compassion-focused treatment and care, cultivating a safe, nonjudgmental space to help clients process and overcome trauma and abuse and guiding them towards a path of healing, meaning, and growth.

Applying evidence-based psychotherapy integration of modalities and techniques, I personalize each session according to my client's needs and goals. By holding a safe space for them, I help my clients uncover relational patterns, explore the depths within, unveil their innate strengths and power to overcome life's challenges, and support their true self to flourish in its brilliance with confidence, self-acceptance, and self-love.

My Guiding Ethical Principles

Taking a shared decision-making approach to collaborate with my clients on their treatment and progress, clients feel empowered and in control of their decisions and steps towards their goals. I value honesty and openness; thus, I encourage open communication and feedback throughout treatment and, together, make adjustments as necessary as the natural evolution of growth involves change, including in treatment and the progression of therapy.

I understand the value of time; therefore, every minute in the session is vital. To ensure my clients' time is spent in an invaluable way, it is essential for clients to express their thoughts and feelings about each session, including what was helpful or not helpful, areas of discomfort, and their needs and preferences throughout treatment. Expressing their experience in each therapy session also allows clients to strengthen healthy skills on assertive communication and confrontation and self-expression methods. In addition to our overall therapeutic work, the skills gained from honest feedback, open communication, and self-expression become transferred from the therapy room into their everyday lives and interactions outside the therapy room.

I appreciate hearing my clients' innermost thoughts and feelings. Though it can be anxiety-inducing, expressing their honesty also helps clients work towards exposing themselves to steps to overcome anxiety-induced situations. In addition, honest communication in our work together also helps identify themes that emerge that are often parallel to their lives outside of the therapy room. Together, as a team, we explore and process the underlying nature of these parallel manifestations in a safe space whenever the client feels ready. At the same time, we attend to the wounded child within as clients continue towards the path of healing and restoration, healthier acceptance and closure, self-compassion and self-forgiveness, serenity and enlightenment, and living an abundant values-based life stemming from their authentic self.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Industries & Communities Served

  • BIPOC
  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Professional Sports
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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