Esther Kim LICSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work in Vancouver, Washington, 98684

Esther Kim


Esther Kim


Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LICSW - 60263652
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Employer Assistance Plan (EAP)
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Pacific Source
  • Reliant Behavioral Health
Fees: $115 per session. I offer a sliding scale and free phone consultation.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


811 NE 112th ave
Vancouver, Washington 98684

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My Approach to Helping

Welcome and thanks for checking out my page. My approach would be to create a safe place where you can share and feel understood. Together we can work on a treatment plan that works best for you. The goals would be realistic and reachable for you.

My background experience has prepared me to be sensitive with issues dealing with past stressors that are trauma related. I have received specialized training as a story informed trauma therapist that deals with abuse, relationship and mental health concerns. I also incorporate CBT and DBT techniques to help navigate our thoughts and emotions and utilize healthier coping skills. For the past 20 years I have worked in many settings which include: group homes, mental health agencies and medical hospitals. I believe in a holistic approach that pays attention to all aspects of your mind, body and spirit. This is essential in maximizing your overall health and function.

More Info About My Practice

I am also contracted with Cascade EAP and Pacific Source. I am willing to work as an out of network provider by providing a weekly or monthly receipt to your network.
You can also go to my website: for more information on my practice.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy is beneficial in many ways. Research has shown that psychotherapy can target certain circuits of our brain for changes. For decades, it has become clear that mental processes derive from mechanisms of the brain. This means that any change in our psychological processes such as the way we think is reflected by changes in the structures of our brain.
Chronic stress has played a significant factor in a variety of health problems. To name a few, this can include autoimmune diseases, sleep disturbance, high blood pressure and gastro concerns. Stress has been a factor with illnesses and can impact your recovery. With psychotherapy and understanding your trauma, you can build the tools needed to manage the cause of your stress and improve your function in life.

Services I Provide

  • Chemical Dependency Evaluation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Residential Treatment or Hospitilization

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I have worked with clients who have been hospitalized and want to prevent readmission due to their self-injurious behaviors. I also see clients with chronic medial and mental health stressors related to a past traumatic event.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychosis
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
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