Dr. Maria Kim, ATR-BC, LMFT received her PhD from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA with a specialization in Expressive Therapies-Art Therapy, and Master’s Degree in Marital and Family Therapy specializing in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. She is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) through the American Art Therapy Association, a clinical member and an Approved Supervisor in-training of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a clinical member of the Korean Art Therapy Association.
She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of California and Illinois. At Antioch University Seattle she serves as Teaching Faculty of Creative Arts Therapy and Couple & Family Therapy Specialization.
Prior to joining the Antioch faculty, she taught at the graduate art therapy program as adjunct faculty at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. In addition, she has extensive experience and knowledge about Korean culture and youths as she worked as a teacher in South Korea. Her work as a clinician started in 2003, working at a youth and family centered community clinic in Los Angeles providing individual, family, group, and parenting for diverse, multicultural clients, including but not limited to immigrants. She served as a clinician and eventually as a senior therapist, supervisor, and representative of the clinic for the meetings with DMH and DCFS in Los Angeles. Currently, her private practice is primarily telemental health, which she started in 2017, working with adults with various life challenges through primarily individual treatment.
She serves as the President of the Illinois Art Therapy Association for 2021 term. In the past, she served as the Conference Chair for the Illinois Art Therapy Association and the Chair for the multicultural and nomination committee for the Southen California Art Therapy Association.
Her interests include research in preventative interventions, including student, teacher, and community wellbeing, self-care, and supervision utilizing the Open Studio Process (OSP). She is also interested in international work and has been providing workshops and seminars in South Korea about art therapy and the OSP through in-person and online sessions. She has currently trained 13 OSP facilitators in South Korea and the US. She currently serves as a reviewer for the journal of the Korean Art Therapy Association. She translated two books into Korean including The Soul’s Pallette(Originally authored by Cathy Malchiodi) and Art is a Way of Knowing(Originally authored by Pat B. Allen).