Patricia Kim, LMSW
Living in New York, one’s level of stress can feel astronomical as soon as you step foot on the first subway stair. Existing on top of each other and undulating in a constant pulse of straphangers and sidewalk bustle, deadlines and interpersonal dynamics, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and underprepared to face your day. My work centers around creating a space to find yourself somewhere in the chaos and help to strengthen your self-identity in the host of bodies that inhabit this city.
Artist and Educator
Art is a powerful medium for articulating our emotions, our lived experiences, and helps open up a landscape that can lead us to understanding and acceptance—both of which are crucial to the work of self-empowerment and healing. As a writer, I have used art to develop my voice and underscore my convictions, my passions within the structural framework of my experience of reality. As an educator, I use this same structural (read: systems) approach to individual and group therapy practice by way of psychoeducation, working within a larger historic and cultural framework to address issues of self-identity as they relate to both mental health and physical wellness. By using a psychodynamic approach, I help folks gain a better understanding of their experiences and how they can use their own insights to navigate life.
Social Justice Advocator, Lifelong Learner, & Phenomenologist
I am passionate about my work with folks in underserved communities, which is centered around identifying and addressing disparities in care—especially for families impacted by traumas such as mass incarceration and substance use.
The process of learning is ongoing and our individual experiences of reality cross spectrums on the same human plane, providing a rich narrative from which to draw any number of interpretations. Therefore, I believe that there are no right answers, only those that work for you. Therapy can be a space where the intersections of our lived experiences can provide new perspectives, reframe our narrative, and help us to imagine and achieve our best possible selves throughout our lives.
How I Help
I use a firmly non-diagnostic and strengths-based lens to develop a more holistic understanding of you, the individual. In doing so, we can collaboratively construct an individualized approach to your care which continues to evolve as you do. It is a privilege to participate in your narrative and help you to achieve your best self in the face of a myriad of internal and external life stressors.
More About Me
You can find me giving an occasional public lecture or seminar that speaks to the subjects of mental health and social justice, in the hopes of educating a wider audience interested in promoting social change. I also teach undergraduate English Literature and Composition courses that underscore these subjects at Baruch College. I’m also always reading, whether old books or new, so if you are looking for suggestions, don’t be shy about asking!