Kim is grateful for the opportunity to contribute her writing and educational background to help TIC with its mission. Coming from the publishing world, she is in the final stages of completing a master degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is passionate about helping others recover from trauma.
After completing a B.A. in Drama from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in English (TESOL) from San Francisco State University, Kim taught English at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and at Baltimore International College. She became an Editor for Oxford University Press in Manhattan, then went on to become a Senior Editor and Managing Editor for Pearson, editing and managing educational textbooks for higher education and K-12. She also worked for National Geographic Learning (Cengage) remotely, and other publishers. Overall, she worked in book and online publishing for 15 years.
When her children became seriously ill, she transitioned, teaching English at two schools including Fusion Academy, where she taught and mentored students with ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, as well as students with transgender identity.
Kim then returned for a second Master’s degree– in Clinical Mental Health Counseling– interning for a private psychotherapy practice. She currently sees individual clients with complex trauma and couples.
Areas in which she hopes to pursue training include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and art therapy.
Kim has experienced some difficult events in her life which include a severe car accident and living and working in Manhattan during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. She has also experienced and navigated chronic children’s illnesses and disorders. She has one child on the autism spectrum and a second diagnosed with epilepsy at age 5, receiving brain surgery at age 9. She has a third child who recovered from major depressive disorder after being hospitalized at age 14, and who is in remission from anorexia nervosa.
Over the course of time, Kim has advocated for her children, obtaining three individualized education plans (IEPs), enrolling one child in a therapeutic high school and PHPs, logging symptoms and side effects, and communicating with neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, and neurosurgeons.
As a result of her experience, she is driven to help couples, adolescents, and families with complex trauma and those grappling with children’s illness.
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