Richard J Kim, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
- Licensed Psychologist in the State of Hawaii (#1056); previously licensed in the State of California
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1987) – University of Hawaii-Manoa
- Masters (1990) and PhD (1993) in Clinical Psychology – California School of Professional Psychology, an American Psychological Association accredited program
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
- Clinical Psychologist/Adult Services Coordinator at Coastal Asian Pacific Mental Health Services, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Gardena, CA
- Private Practice Mental Health Therapist at South Bay Psychological Center, Torrance, CA
- Program Director, Youth Therapeutic Group Home, Child and Family Service, Honolulu, HI
- APA accredited Internship at Pacific Clinics, Pasadena, CA
- Practicum student at King-Drew Medical Center, Pediatrics Unit, Los Angeles, CA
- 25 years of consulting experience in evaluating effectiveness of mental health and substance abuse programs
- American Psychological Association, Hawaii Psychological Association
- Former Vice President of Asian American Psychological Association
- Hawaii Youth Services Network
- Assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety/panic, stress, trauma, anger, grief/ bereavement, phobia, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and addictions for adults, older adults, and adolescents.
- Thorough understanding of the military life and cultures. Extensive experience in overseeing various military contracts. Conducted Community Needs Assessments for Army Hawaii to assess social and human service needs of Service Members and their Family Members. Attended numerous continuing education workshops related to military service men and women and their family members.
- Education and support for family members of those affected by severe mental illness.
- In depth knowledge of the Hawaii “local” cultures having grown up in Honolulu. Additionally, extensive experience with various other cultures as a result of living many years in southern California and working on health and social service projects in various locations to include New Mexico, Guam, Saipan, Marshall Islands, Palau, Japan, Korea, and Alaska, in addition to Hawaii and California.
Primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches that are evidence-based, which means that scientific studies show that they work. CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. CBT focuses on the way that a person's cognitions (i.e., thoughts), emotions, and behaviors are interconnected and therefore affect one another. The primary goal of the CBT therapist is to help the client discover that he/she is powerful and capable of choosing positive thoughts and behaviors.
Although born in Korea, I grew up in Honolulu and graduated from Kaimuki High School. My hobbies include listening to music (mostly 80s and smooth jazz), playing golf (although I’m not very good at it), and spending time with family and friends.
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