Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Loss and grief
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Race and cultural identity
Theresa Kimm is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with offices in Greenwich Village and Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in anxiety, depression, life transitions, substance use, and trauma. Educated and trained as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Use Counselor, her particular area of expertise is in substance use recovery and maintenance. She takes a harm reduction approach, meeting patients where they are and helping them build alternative coping skills and identifying external and internal triggers to facilitate long-term recovery. She also has extensive experience supporting trauma survivors and works at each client’s pace to build trust and promote healing.
Theresa takes a trauma-informed lens to treatment, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic approaches to help clients gain greater self-awareness. She also offers career counseling for clients navigating workplace challenges or considering career changes.
Theresa welcomes both individuals and couples to her practice. She is excited to build a therapeutic relationship with her clients, and help each person gain the emotional clarity to make healthier decisions.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
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
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Race and cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Theresa is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Theresa can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"I take a pragmatic approach to my work. I am less interested in a particular mode or theoretical framework. I believe in using whatever that works to help you feel better. And, you get to define what makes you feel better and what you want. For some of you, that may be something unfamiliar to you, and it may take some work to figure out what you want. My job is to help you guide you there using my education, knowledge, experience and belief that you deserve and is capable of living a fulfilling 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)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Harm ReductionHarm reduction psychotherapy is intended to identify the psychological, biological, and social currents contributing to one's addictive behaviors to reduce the harmful consequences of substance use and other risky behaviors. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (learn more)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2012 - Present
Long Island Consultation Center, 2013 - 2015
Harlem United Community AIDS Agency, 2012
Su Casa, Lower East Service Center, 2010 - 2011
New York University, MSW, 2011
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, BA, 1993