Joanne B. Kim, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

IMF 96258
(408) 508-6246
Supervisor, Jeremy Lun Hao Easton, MFT; MFC 48646

A hope-filled and creativity-driven social introvert who loves to empower others with healthy and holistic skills of self-care, interpersonal relations, and life-enhancement.

Education:
Western Seminary – M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy
University of California, Berkeley – B.A. in Political Science (International Relations) and Japanese Studies

Areas of Focus:
Grief and loss, life transition
Adolescents, young adults
Depression, anxiety, panic
Relationship issues
Family issues
Women’s issues
Cultural issues
Trauma, PTSD
Self-esteem/identity issues
Abuse: physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual
Sexual issues: addiction, same-sex attraction
Spiritual development, ministry life
Career, lifestyle, life mission

Memberships:
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Santa Clara Valley Chapter, CAMFT (SCV-CAMFT)
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

Joanne Kim is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who completed her Master’s degree at Western Seminary, San Jose, in 2016. She received her B.A. in Political Science (International Relations) and Japanese Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joanne has been doing private tutoring for over 13 years in various subjects, teaching over 80 students from different age groups, life stages, socio-economic statuses, and ethnic backgrounds. Upon graduation, she also served as the Pastoral Director at a local church, facilitating the emotional and spiritual development of leaders and equipping them with lay counseling, self-care, and relational skills.

More than anything, Joanne loves connecting with people from all walks of life and hearing their stories. She is actively involved in her church and desires to empower others to live more wholesome, meaningful, and satisfying lives.

Joanne’s specific focus areas are primarily related to identity development, relational issues, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, and emotional health.

In her spare time, Joanne enjoys spending time with people, learning, playing guitar, watching movies, and going on walks.

Why Choose Me?

Holistic and Integrated

No facet of one’s life is unimportant; each area affects and is affected by others. In my practice, I take a close look at all domains in the client’s life: emotional, psychological, biological, spiritual, relational, vocational, and financial. Who knows! Perhaps we could find out, not only what may be contributing to your troubles, but also the areas of undiscovered strength and leverage them towards your journey towards growth and wholeness.

Individually Tailored

Though there is no single way of working towards health, there are ways that are more effective and efficient. I offer support and challenges that suit you wherever you are, with whatever strengths, disadvantages, resources, hopes, goals, and readiness you bring into the room. Therapy will reflect you and me both!

Redemption-focused

All experiences, even painful or seemingly insignificant ones, can become areas of strength and meaning. I look to both the big picture, grand narrative to help shift your perspective on the small picture motifs of your life story. With God’s redemptive nature in mind, I can help you regain hope and courage to face the difficult parts of your life and to build a healthier future.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
Emotional health is the practical application of spiritual health; we live what we believe. In sessions, I invite the client to pay close attention to his or her worldviews, values, beliefs, and thought life, also challenging them to see the corresponding short-term and long-term implications. Though I may not explicitly refer to the core tenets of the Christian faith and the Bible during sessions, these guide the way I interact and work with clients. Nevertheless, if you do have a different faith background, no fear! Since your worldview is an important part of your life, I would like to get to know what that is like for you.
I’ve had questions without answers
I’ve known sorrow, I have known pain
But there’s one thing that I cling to
You are faithful, Jesus, You’re true

In the lone hour of my sorrow
Through the darkest night of my soul
You surround me, You sustain me
My defender forever more

When hope is lost, I call You Savior
When pain surrounds, I call You Healer
When silence falls, You’ll be the song within my heart[When the Tears Fall - Tim Hughes]