DR. KIM T. NGHIEM (NEE EM)
I am a clinical psychologist licensed in New York and Massachusetts. I provide individual therapy, couples and family counseling, group therapy, telehealth, clinical supervision/consultation for psychotherapists, diversity and inclusion training, child-parent evaluations, and asylum evaluations.
-B.A. in Psychology from State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo.
-M.A. in Clinical Psychology from City University of New York (CUNY) at City College.
-Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP)-Honolulu Campus.
-Clinical Fellowship at Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, Boston Medical Center/Boston University Medical School.
-Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Center for Multicultural Mental Health, Boston Medical Center/Boston University University Medical School.
-Advanced Training in Trauma Informed Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Reflection Team Model, and Mindfulness.
I am humbled, having had the privilege to train and work in some of the most diverse and beautiful communities in the United States. As a budding psychotherapist, I worked primarily with children and families in rural and underserved communities, in Georgia, Arizona and Hawaii. I served as the Director, Asian Mental Health Program (2005-2019), Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. I provided clinical services for teens and adults, supervision for trainees/residents and co-lead the Cultural Psychiatry Seminar for the Department for Psychiatry; I engaged in capacity building, Achieving Whole Health, and patient experience research. In the community, I maintained a small private practice, and served as a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Cambridge, Health Ambassador for Asian Women for Health, and Consultant for Massachusetts Resiliency Center, Trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev vs United States.
After nearly 30 years, I moved back to Rochester, my childhood home, to raise my daughter and be closer to family, especially my elders. I am delighted to join Victor Counseling Practice, a group practice that prioritizes patient experience, provider self care, and community engagement.
My goal as a psychotherapist is to help individuals and families experience an overall sense of well being. This means feeling seen, heard, worth, alive, curious, respected…whole. I use evidence-based and practice-based treatment approaches. I am known for the rigor of my practice and weaving in compassion, humor, and creativity in all that I do. While my foundation is psychodynamic, my theoretical orientation is best described as pluralistic, with patients’ worldview leading the way.
ABOOTAWAWA BUILDS COMMUNITY (ABC) HOURS
-ABC hours are available to ALL: children, adults, LGBTQ, new/current patients, schools, clubs, first responders, homeless, city officials, veterans, and kindred spirits.
-ABC hours are offered “In-Kind”, at no cost to recipient/s
-ABC hours can be used for informal talks, training, or psychotherapy service. Three ABC hours are offered weekly, un-accessed ABCs will placed in In-Kind Bank (IKB). *Please ask our Front Office staff for IKB balance.
I am a child refugee from the Vietnam War. I identify as: A’s mummy, Asian-American, Christian, heterosexual, social justice advocate, Aunt Kimmy, foster child, and human rights ambassador. I am a single mum to a charming daughter, currently in middle school, who was adopted when she was a peanut, and “A Dog” our super chill schnoodle. You will often find me listening to live music, experimenting with new recipes, and enjoying the outdoors.
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