Get to Know Esther
Esther J Kim
MSW, LCSW, LICSW
I read a quote recently nearby my home. It went like this, "Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards." These words stuck with me as my past story in life has taught me many lessons of growth and healing. My own personal journey started when close individuals I knew, began to struggle with mental illness. This issue led me into the career path in social work.
My goal in counseling would be to create a safe place for you to explore your story, feel understood and find healing in your life. To feel heard and know you are not so alone in this journey called life. We would collaboratively work towards a goal that would be realistic for you.
I have studied and practiced in the mental health and medical field with individuals and families dealing with trauma for over 20 years now. My specialized trainings include story informed trauma (SITT), accelerated resolution therapy (ART), and dialectical behavioral (DBT) therapy.
What is SITT, ART and DBT?
SITT: Story informed trauma therapy is a paradigm shift from what is wrong with the client to what has happened to the client. A trauma therapist is aware of the complex impact of a person's suffering and how it has shaped one's efforts to cope. By understanding one's story it is the beginning of one's own healing, growth and recovery. SITT will seek out to understand how people react and adapt to these personal experiences. When processing traumatic memories, ART can be offered.
ART is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that utilizes eye movements to help clients address common problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In experiencing ART, you may find that you connect pieces of information that are already stored in your memory to help you resolve your issues. The brain, while focused on a problem makes new connections with a person's strengths and problem solving abilities. For more info, go to: https://artherapyinternational.org/find-an-art-therapist/
DBT: Dialectical therapy provides skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT focuses on 4 key areas:
1) Self awareness on improving an individual to accept and be present in the current moment
2) Distress tolerance is geared to increase a person's tolerance of negative emotion, rather than escaping it
3) Emotion regulation to rediscover the ability to manage and change intense emotion that are causing problems in one's life
4) Interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others that is assertive, while maintaining self respect, and strengthen relationships.
ART: Intensive 3 day, 8 hours weekend workshop in Accelerated resolution therapy. Basic training in ART.
SITT: 36 weeks, 9 month trauma workshop training in story therapy. Mentorship by Byron Kehler.
DBT: 2 full day workshop: DBT CEU with the Portland DBT program.
Attended and utilize Gottman work for couples counseling in communication.
I am also a christian counselor but have respect to those of all faiths. I am open in implementing matters of faith in our counseling process, if requested.
In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family and friends. I have been married for over 20 years and have 2 older children. I have also worked (both medical and psychiatric) as a social worker for the Legacy hospital system.
- Masters in Social Work, MSW 2006
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
- Bachelor of Science in Sociology 1995
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), both board certified with completion supervisory hours in the State of Oregon and Washington.
My office building is conveniently located in the Portland and Vancouver metro area. Near the Mill Plain and I- 205 exit. It is located on the 1st floor of the back of the building, suite 106.
Finances are an important process to understand for counseling. My standard session rate is $115 per 50 minute session. My initial meeting time is a diagnostic interview. On a limited basis, a sliding scale is offered upon request.
All out of pocket payments are due at the beginning of service. I accept cash, check. health savings acct or credit card.
I accept some insurances. I am an in net-work provider with:
Pacific Source, Regence Blue Cross and Optum United Behavioral Health.
In order to check your eligibility and benefits, I would need a copy of your insurance card with your member ID and date of birth.
I can also provide a super bill for out of network insurance if needed. Typically deductibles and co-pays are higher out of network, but coverage is less strict and more flexible. I can provide a receipt for you to submit to your insurance plan.
I am a contracted employee assistant therapist (EAP) with:
Cascade, KGA and Optum UBH.
A 24 hour notice is requested for all cancellations prior to your apt time. I offer over the phone counseling if not able to arrive for an apt time. Late cancellations or missed appointments will be charged, unless it is for emergency purposes. For several missed apts in a row, clients will return on my waiting list.
For any other questions, please contact me. I'm happy to answer any other questions you may have.
About the Facility
Located at the Sunrise Plaza clinic, next to the Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
The waiting room is a place where you are welcomed. There is water, coffee and tea available for you.
Office at Centerpoint 4 counseling. The goal is to create an environment where you feel safe, supported and listened to.