Esther Kim, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Esther Kim, LCSW

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Do you feel restless, sad, anxious? Do you find it difficult to let go of past hurts and regrets? Are you filled with worry and self-doubt? Do these struggles have you feeling overwhelmed, unfocused, and interfere with your current life circumstances and relationships? Are you ready and willing to take the steps toward healing and peace of mind? I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience helping individuals heal and strengthen their emotional and mental well-being.

I come from a trauma-informed background with training in Cognitive/Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Anxiety Therapy, Grief Therapy, Parent Coaching, Social Justice, and Restorative Practices. I have extensive experience in and knowledge of issues surrounding race, culture, and intergenerational conflict within immigrant families. I embrace a positive, strength-based, solution-focused, and collaborative approach when working with clients. I strive to help my clients realize they possess the ability to not just cope with painful circumstances or memories but also overcome them and create a new narrative for their lives.

Approach to Therapy includes:
-Acceptance
-Reframing (CBT, DBT)
-Mindfulness (DBT)
-Strength-Based, Positive Psychology
-Restorative Practices
-Practical Solutions
-Humor
-Honesty

Areas of Focus include:
-Parenting
-Struggling moms
-Women in midlife
-Caring for kids and aging parents
-Raising children with special needs
-Life transitions/change, loss
-Resentment and Forgiveness
-Self-Care, Self-Acceptance
-Struggles related to culture, race

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • ADHD
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief & Loss
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Coaching
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Race-Based Traumatic Stress (RBTS)
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Asian
  • Autism
  • Biracial
  • Immigrants
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors

Faith Based Specialties

  • Christianity

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$100.00 - $100.00
Sliding Scale
No
Pay By
Cash, Credit Card, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Aetna
,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
,
Cigna
,
Optum
,
United Healthcare
,

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
27
License(s)
License #
state
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
149020280
Illinois
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
University of Illinois Chicago
MSW
1995