As a counselor it is Kim’s goal to create a safe space, and to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with empathy, honesty, and respect. Therapy is the opportunity to talk about challenges, be reflective of personal strengths and to learn coping skills for the future. Theoretically Kim leans towards, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Patient Centered Therapy, personalizing her interventions and approach based on the patients age, existing strengths, current level of functioning, and in collaboration with the patient, create a treatment plan, using the patients existing strengths and goals to ensure an effective and positive change.
Ages Treated | Children, Preteens, Teens, Adults
About Kim Pohl-Smith
From a very young age, Kim has always had an interest in listening to people’s stories, the dynamics of relationships, and what makes them work, or not work. She has years of experience caring for and working with children and adolescents. She is a parent and a grandmother. She has provided in home daycare and has worked at a park district as an assistant teacher. She completed an internship as a school counselor at two CPS schools. She also worked as a school counselor before and during the pandemic.
Kim received her Bachelor of Arts degree from National Louis University in Applied Behavioral Science and her Master of Arts degree from National Louis University in Counseling. During an internship, at Behavioral Services Center, she co-facilitated classes in Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence and Anger Management.
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Person-Centered Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Strength Based Therapy
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy