Kim completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Virginia Tech and a Masters of Social Work at the University of Georgia. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Virginia.
She has worked in substance abuse treatment for 13 years, initially as a clinician providing direct care to clients, and then transitioning to supervising both intensive outpatient (IOP) and inpatient medical detox at Novant Health UVA Health System. Most recently, Kim worked for Inova Medical Group in the Integrated Behavioral Health program and provided behavioral health services in partnership with Primary Care and Specialty Care Providers. She maintained a private practice from 2006 through 2012 where she focused on adults with both substance abuse and mental health issues. Prior to that, she lived in Atlanta, GA and worked for Emory University’s School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences conducting research on the treatment of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, and in the Department of Psychology conducting research on the impact of maternal mental illness on infants.
Kim has published articles in peer reviewed journals and co-wrote the 2006 Obstetrics and Gynecology guidelines for the treatment of psychiatric, neurologic, and addictive disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum. She has experience working with adolescents, young adults, and seniors in various settings including the foster care system, university healthcare, primary healthcare, inpatient psychiatric, and home-based counseling services. She is specially trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.