Yuri Kim, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Yuri Kim, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

U.S. Licensed Counselor

This therapist has over 7 years of experience. 

Children, Adolescents, Adults
English, Korean, Bilingual

Yuri Kim is a U.S. Licensed professional counselor and registered art therapist.


Yuri is a US Licensed professional counselor and registered art therapist. Yuri graduated Sangmyung Women’s University and completed a master of art therapy and counseling program at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the expressive therapy program at Lesley University.

Yuri was born and raised in Korea and has lived in Chicago since 1999. Yuri is currently providing art therapy services for patients with mental illness at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, and she is working at a playful healing center in Illinois as a private practitioner.

Yuri had worked as an art therapy intern at Evanston elementary school and Sarah’s Circles (Homeless shelter) and had worked at KANWIN domestic violence organization as an art therapist. Yuri completed EMDR training and is working under supervision to be a certified EMDR therapist. Yuri received Gestalt therapy training as well.

Yuri is working with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors patients with various mental illnesses, such as depression, OCD, eating disorders, substance use, schizophrenia, autism spectrum, and dementia. Yuri has been able to further develop the ability to construct art therapy and counseling services that are appropriate and effective for a range of individuals and in different settings.

Therapy Approach

I use trauma-informed care and evidence-based practices by combining various theories. I help clients on changing behaviors, managing emotions, improving cognitive flexibility and self-acceptance, practicing mindfulness, and increase interpersonal effectiveness through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) at my work. In art therapy (AT), my artist and therapist selves are grounded in an integrated arts approach. I am most drawn to drawing, painting, and mixed-media in the visual arts; however, I am equally vested in creative dance/movement, drama, and singing. The focus of my work as a therapist is the process of creating and using art as a medium for healing and wellness. I encourage clients to engage in a creative process of using art materials to examine, expose, express and expand their human and wellness capacity. I co-create spaces to simultaneously engage the past, present and future with the client. I engage in this co-created space as an empathic and culturally competent facilitator




  • ADHD
  • Alcohol / Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks
  • Autism
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Gender Identity / LGBTQ+
  • OCD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Trauma / PTSD


  • Seoul (Sinsa)
  • Pyeongtaek
  • Online

Fun Facts

I enjoy playing golf and listening to classical and Jazz music. I travel to many different countries to experience various cultures and natures. I love to visit small galleries and museums. Walking is my best way of self-care, and Samcheong-dong and Seo-chon are my favorite places!


  • PhD Candidate: Lesley University (Expressive Therapy)
  • MA: School of Art Institute of Chicago (2019, Art Therapy and Counseling)
  • BA: Sangmyung University (1993, Chinese literature)


  • U.S. Licensed Professional Counselor (IL, USA; # 178.016839)
  • Registered Art Therapist (USA: #19-272)

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