Minsu Kim, Ph.D.
This therapist has over 6 years of experience.
Dr. Minsu Kim is a US Licensed Psychologist and a TRICARE-Certified Clinical Psychologist.
He was born in South Korea and completed his 30 months of compulsory military service in ROKAF. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in California for more than 10 years to study clinical psychology and stayed in Maryland for his postdoctoral clinical fellowship.
He received clinical training in a variety of settings, including:
- Child and Family Therapy Clinic at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/ Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore, MD)
- Adults and Older Adults (AOA)/ Families and Children (F&C)/ Immigrants and Refugees (Center for Survivors of Torture) at AACI (San Jose, CA)
- Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program at VA Palo Alto Health Care System (Menlo Park, CA)
- Warm Springs Elementary School at Youth and Family Services (Fremont, CA)
He also worked as a research associate at the National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park, CA, focusing on acculturation issues and readjustment concerns among the US military population. At UC Berkeley, he completed his honors thesis at the Supporting Father Involvement program in Institute of Human Development in the Department of Psychology.
I use an integrated approach based on your specific need because I believe that my job is not to lead or teach but to help and guide you. My primary theoretical orientation includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, and Strength-based Positive Psychology (Choice theory/Reality Therapy). I will collaboratively work with you from the beginning of therapy to the end of your treatment, using evidence-based skills and techniques. My primary focus will be to provide you with a safe base so that you can freely explore your thoughts and feelings and improve your resiliency and emotional wellness by yourself. For example, for those who have difficulty effectively communicating with other family members, I will help your family reframe the nature of interactions so that you can find the noble intent of others’ words and reshape the way to communicate (Functional Family Therapy). For those who have difficulty finding appropriate social resources, I will help you increase your internal locus of control and develop a practical way to think and link to local communities, which may be helpful for you to meet your specific needs (Positive Psychology).
Areas: Family issues, Adjustment issues, Cultural issues, Mood disorders (Panic), Trauma-related disorders (PTSD), and Neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD)
- Adjustment Stress
- Anxiety / Panic Attacks
- Family Conflict
- Parenting Stress
- Self Esteem
- Social Skills & Peer Relationships
- Trauma / PTSD
I love football. Premier league. Tottenham Hotspur. Champion’s league.
- Postdoctoral Fellow: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/Kennedy Krieger Institute (2021-2022)
- PhD: Palo Alto University (2021, Clinical Psychology)
- MS: Palo Alto University (2018, Clinical Psychology)
- BA: University of California Berkeley (2014, Psychology with honors)
- U.S. Licensed Psychologist (MD Board of Psychology, USA, #06726)
- TRICARE-Certified Mental Health Counselor
- Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (PSYPACT-Certified)
Kim, M. (2021). Relationship between combat-related potentially traumatic military events and somatization among a nationally representative sample of veterans (Publication No. 28544081) [Doctoral Dissertation, Palo Alto University]. ProQuest Dissertation Publishing.
McCaslin, S. E., Becket-Davenport C., Dinh, J. V., Lasher, B., Kim, M., Choucroun, G. & Herbst, E. (2021). Military Acculturation and Readjustment to the Civilian Context. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.