Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PhD
Accepting new clients for daytime and weekend appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Borderline Personality Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Helen Kim is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in Midtown Manhattan. A focus of Dr. Kim's work is to help her clients cope with emotion dysregulation, whether in the context of depression, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She also works with couples to help them identify the roadblocks that are holding them back and the way out of them. Her work is to navigate couples toward mutual understanding and to equip them with the skills to achieve the relationship they want.
Dr. Kim cares deeply about meeting clients where they are and tailoring treatment to optimize a fit with those needs. When indicated, she offers a comprehensive DBT program comprised of individual sessions, skills coaching, and DBT skills groups. At other times, an integrated treatment of CBT, DBT, and other therapeutic modalities is offered. She passionately believes that each individual who enters into treatment genuinely wants to get better, and her work is to empower them with the tools they need and a warm and accepting environment in which they can learn and grow.
Her office is located on 31st Street and Fifth Avenue, close to Herald Square station on 33rd St. to the West and the 32nd Street Lexington line on the East.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Borderline Personality Disorder – Including the challenges of dealing with overwhelming emotions
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Dr. Kim is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $400 (70min)
Ongoing sessions: $275/session (50min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Kim can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“Whatever your inspiration to seek therapy at this time, your seeking brings you one step closer to attaining it.
I use an integrative approach tailored to each client's needs, drawing from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT-PE (Prolonged Exposure), and Client-Centered approaches. Consider the work you do with me as a partnership for your growth. I provide a non-judgmental, supportive space in which we can work together to identify, understand, and re-shape beliefs and behavior patterns that are holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.”
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Gottman's Method of Couples CounselingGottman's Method of Couples Counseling starts an assessment of the couple's relationship to help inform the type of treatment that will be most effective. The method also includes nine components of a healthy relationship: Build love maps, share fondness and admiration, turn towards instead of away, the positive perspective, manage conflict, make life dreams come true, create shared meaning, trust, and commitment. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2008 - Present
Lenox Hill Hospital Outpatient Clinic for Mental Health, 2012 - 2015
Center for the Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders at Roosevelt Hospital, 2007 - 2009
Lenox Hill Hospital Internship, 2004 - 2005
New School for Social Research, PhD, 2006
Rutgers University, MLS, 1993
Brown University, MA, 1989
Hunter College of CUNY, BA, 1987