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Chrys Kim Psychotherapy, PsyD

Chrys Hakyung Kim is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in perfectionism (self-exploitation, procrastination, burnout) and addiction (substance use, internet/gaming) among other struggles. His approach is compassionate and direct; he strives to balance support with challenge. He owes his expertise to psychoanalytic, gestalt, and cognitive behavioral traditions.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Men’s Mental Health
  • Addiction and Substance Misuse
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $200-260
  • Sliding Scale
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  • Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“Looking back, the wonderful teachings of phenomenology (i.e., a study about how our perception shapes our experience in the world) largely informed my approach to therapy; I pay close attention to what has been retained from the past (e.g., old stories and beliefs about ourselves and others), how it comes into play in the present moment, and how it often shapes our expectation of what will happen.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to becoming a psychologist, I started off as a student of philosophy and theater. Looking back, the wonderful teachings of phenomenology (i.e., a study about how our perception shapes our experience in the world) largely informed my approach to therapy; I pay close attention to what has been retained from the past (e.g., old stories and beliefs about ourselves and others), how it comes into play in the present moment, and how it often shapes our expectation of what will happen. If this sounds too abstract, your perception is accurate! This is where my love of theater comes in. I equally owe my expertise to experiential and action-based therapeutic approaches such as gestalt therapy. We examine what has emerged in the present (bodily sensations, feelings, stories) and make sense of how it came about, often in familiar forms and for very good reasons.
What should someone know about working with you?
I strive to provide a safe and firm environment that will support your exploration and understanding of current difficulties. We’ll often examine what feels possible or not possible, how much of the other feels available or unavailable, and how familiar or unfamiliar this feels within your embodied history that is retained in the present moment. I focus on both the content (stories, ideas) and how it’s being discussed. I’ll invite you to pay close attention to your body and movement as you share — your breathing, how you hold certain parts of your body, your gesturing, whether you’re reaching out or holding back, whether you’re looking or not looking, whether you’re tensing up or loosening up — without an agenda to correct them. We are the way we are for very good reasons and my interest is to help us understand how we got here first before thinking about moving forward. Paradoxically, lasting change tends to happen when we become fully committed to where we are at this moment.
Can you go into more specifics about your training and professional experience?
Throughout my career, I have worked with varying presenting difficulties including perfectionism (self-exploitation, procrastination, burnout), behavioral addiction (substance use, internet/gaming), anxiety, depression, problems with self-esteem or self-worth, challenges around immigration and acculturation, problems around one’s identity or a sense of belonging, family conflict, grief/loss, and coping with major life transitions. I received my doctorate from Rutgers University with a focus on contemporary psychoanalytic and gestalt therapies. I conducted research studies on the provision of heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback treatment for clients in recovery. Prior to my doctorate, I received my master’s degree from Seoul National University with a research focus on positive and negative perfectionism. I completed my predoctoral internship at the NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx Hospital. Currently, I work as a senior psychologist at the Mount Sinai/Elmhurst Hospital where I serve as the training coordinator in the substance use disorder track of the predoctoral psychology internship program. I’m also on faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
“I strive to provide a safe and firm environment that will support your exploration and understanding of current difficulties.”
Interested in speaking with Chrys?