Susan Kim, founder of Kim Marriage and Family Therapy, has over twenty-five years of expertise working with individuals, couples, and families. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), she has helped young children, teens, parents, couples, and families work through some of their most challenging circumstances. Whether it is addressing behavioral issues in young children so that they can be more successful at home, school, and with their peers; supporting adolescents to make healthy decisions as they form the habits that take them into adulthood; helping couples resolve conflicts so that their relationship feels strong, secure, and intimate; guiding individuals and families through life transitions such as separations, divorces, or re-marriages; and assisting parents to become the kind of parents they would be proud to be; Susan has dedicated her life to helping others achieve peace, happiness, and success.
When individuals, couples, families, or children feel stuck and are struggling with something, they want solutions. They want relief from stress or pain, and they want resolution and the best outcome possible. Susan’s therapeutic approach is two-fold: she works with the individual, couple, or family to generate concrete solutions to their problems that will provide immediate relief, while also helping them to understand and address the underlying causes contributing to their difficulties. This way, instead of only providing a short-term solution, Susan is able to create positive change that produces long-term results. In other words, Susan’s approach is to treat the cause, not just the symptom.
For over twenty-five years, Susan has had the privilege of working with individuals, couples, young children, adolescents, and their families with a range of issues. Susan is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy to work effectively and sensitively with couples relationship and marital issues. She is a Parent-Child Interaction Therapist with specialized training in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and has helped numerous families with parenting/step-parenting, child behavior concerns, and strengthening parent-child relationships. Susan has assisted families involved with the child protective services, foster care, and the juvenile justice systems. She has also worked with adolescents who were pregnant and/or parenting, and with children and youth who have witnessed or experienced trauma. Susan is a Certified Domestic Violence Crisis Counselor, and has supported survivors of sexual assault and abuse, and adults and children who have experienced relational violence.
Susan also provides training and supervision to other therapists, interns, and practicum students; has taught college courses in communications and counseling skills, and has been invited to speak at local, state, and national conferences on parenting and parent-child relationships.
If you would like more information about Susan and the services she offers, please call (858) 757-3310, or email her here to schedule a free phone consultation.