We Are Like a Journey Through the Bridge to
Self - knowledge
is always a path into the unknown..
That will lead you through this hard path.
But this is an experience that you have to go
through to become a better version of yourself.


Young Ran Kim, Ph.D

Pronouns: She/Her

  • Licensed Psychoanalyst, Ph. D
  • 15 years of experience
  • Works with children and adolescents
  • Languages: English, Korean

Work with:

  • Impulse Control
  • Self-Esteem
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Substance Abuse
  • Relationship
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Anxiety


Dr. Young Ran Kim is a licensed psychoanalyst in New York and a licensed clinical psychologist in South Korea. She graduated from the CAP (Child Adolescent Program) at the Institute of Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). Dr. Kim is also an advanced candidate in the adult psychoanalytic training program at IPTAR. She was born and raised in Seoul and moved to New York in 2016. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and completed her residency program at Severance Hospital in Seoul. Currently, she works with children, adolescents, and adults, and teaches graduate school students in social work at New York Counseling

My therapeutic approach is rooted in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic orientation. I believe that emotional suffering and psychological pain originate from the early childhood experiences which shape our minds. The haunted ghost from our past takes residence in our minds so that we repeat unhealthy and pathological patterns and continue suffering and pain. How can we free ourselves from the ghost spell?
By providing a holding environment and sharing my genuine curiosity and psychoanalytic understanding, I help my patients sever the tie to the ghost from the past and break the spell. Insights into the meaning and origin of their symptoms and difficulties and a new experience in a therapeutic relationship
lead to psychological change, greater freedom, and enriched lives.

Education / Experience

Higher and professional education

Candidate, Institute of Psychoanalytic Training and Research (2016)
Member, Korean Clinical Psychology Association (2008)
Ewha Women University / Severance Hospital / Catholic University of Korea (Graduated 2015)

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How long is a session? Are you conducting in person sessions?

The length of psychotherapy session is either 45 minutes or 50 minutes. Please discuss this with your therapist, but both arrangements are acceptable.

We offer both—in-person, and virtual treatment. Please discuss your preference with your therapist.

How often should I see my therapist?

The frequency of work is determined between you and your therapist. However, we do believe a higher frequency has an important effect on the outcome of the treatment. Most of our therapists work with their patients at more than once-a-week frequency in psychotherapy. However, if you are in psychoanalytic treatment, the frequency is at least 4 times (sometimes we offer 3 times) a week.

How long does the therapy last?

Believe it or not, this is by far the most common question we are asked. There is a famous quote from Freud, “Our answer is like the answer given by the Philosopher to the Wayfarer in Aesop's fable. When the Wayfarer asked how long a journey lay ahead, the Philosopher merely answered ‘Walk!’” The duration of treatment depends on the individual circumstances. Therefore, he says, “[T]he question as to the probable duration of a treatment is almost unanswerable.” At TheraBridge we hold true to Freud’s word, “Walk!” We help our patients walk the path and over the bridge towards a future where new memories and new experiences bring happiness and joy.

Is my information confidential?

Yes, your information is kept confidential. In case we need to coordinate care with other medical professionals including your psychiatrist, we will obtain your consent, though the exchange of patient information amongst medical providers is considered HIPAA compliant.

What kind of therapy do you provide?

At TheraBridge, all our clinicians are trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis.