Youmi Kim is a Licensed Master Social Worker(LMSW) and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor(CAADC). She received her Master’s Degree of Social Work at the University of South Carolina in 2004 and worked as an addiction counselor at AADAP, a multicultural residential Drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in Los Angeles for five years.
“When I worked as a counselor in residential treatment, my mentor and boss always reminded me to teach residents about core values, decision-making, attitude, self-direction, and lifestyle change. That is where your recovery path will start. This will help you to find who you are and rebuild yourself. My personal life experiences, education, training, work, marriage, and being a mother of three, have polished my positive, down to earth, empathetic, and caring character with more understanding, insightfulness, and patience. My goal is to successfully help you overcome your struggles and live your life to the fullest.”
Youmi specializes in substance abuse/dual diagnosis counseling, support, and education for individuals and their families. She has helped many people improve their emotional health and re-discover their path in life. Her experience includes working as a Women’s TREM (Trauma Recovery and Empowerment) group facilitator, and working with individuals in court mandated drug and alcohol abuse treatment.
*Family Support group
Many families and friends struggle to cope with the emotional pain of loving a person with mental health problems or addiction, my colleague and I will be starting support groups for family members/spouses of persons struggling with mental health issues, addiction, and/or both. If you or anyone you know may be interested, please feel free to contact me.
Here are some of the topics/issues addressed in therapy:
Alcohol or Drug Abuse
Families with Alcoholism or Addiction
Assistance with court mandated clients
Coping Skills/Relapse Prevention
Life Skills/Life Coaching
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Parenting Education for Parents in Recovery
Women Issues (relationship issues, boundaries, self-esteem, self-awareness, self-care, balancing work/family demands, issues related to trauma, abuse, and emotional stress)
Master of Social Work, University of South Carolina
Certificate of Graduate Study in Drugs and Addiction, University of South Carolina
Certificate of Co-Occurring Disorders, University of California, Los Angeles
Certified Addiction Specialist in Los Angeles from 2009 to 2012
Smart Recovery in Training
National Association Social Worker
Alcohol& Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia
Youmi Kim LMSW, CAADAC