Nara Kim, M.A.

Nara Kim, M.A.

Certified Counselor

This therapist has over 3 years of experience. 

Adolescents, Adults
English, Korean, Bilingual

Nara was born and raised in Seoul and spent her youth in California for over 11 years. 


Nara has been trained in both counseling and coaching. She has worked as a senior research assistant at the Arbinger Institute, and she has obtained a coaching certificate from the Korea Coaching Association. She has assisted students to obtain effective coaching skills while achieving her coaching certificate and she served as a lifeline agent at a suicide prevention center. She conducted a radio program related to psychology at Seongnam FM and received training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness Meditation, and Group Leadership Skills. She is also a member of Internal Family Systems Mentoring Group.

Therapy Approach

I believe everyone should have a safe and healing place to work through life’s challenges. I thus try to create a warm, supportive, and judgement-free space for my clients to process their thoughts and feelings. My perception of therapy is a collaborative process that guides clients to acquire increased self-awareness, gain new perspectives, decrease unwanted symptoms, and increase personal strength to experience and feel more meaning in their life and experiences.  I have special training and am interested in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family System. REBT aims to help clients challenge, dispute, and question their negative emotions, behaviors, and thoughts, while IFS aims to treat a wide variety of mental health conditions and psychological wounds. Overall, my approach is integrative, humanistic, and strengths based.




  • Adjustment Stress
  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks
  • Career Counseling
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Parenting Stress
  • Social Skills & Peer Relationships
  • Trauma / PTSD


  • Seoul (Sinsa)
  • Online

Fun Facts

I love acting, singing and dancing. Acting sometimes feels much more real than life.
I like keeping a journal, going for a walk at night, and feeling connected to nature.


  • MS: Walden University (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)   
  • MS: Sook Myung Graduate School (2010, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • BS: University of California, Riverside (2002, Business Administration, Marketing)


  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (Washington, MC61491390)
  • Professional Coach, Korea Coach Association (한국코치협회 KPC 코치 #KPC03003)
  • Lifeline Agent Certification
  • Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification

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