Every life is an unfolding story, a unique, dynamic, sacred story that is open to interpretation, especially one’s own. As an eclectic, holistic psychotherapist, seasoned writer, and “deep soul diver,” Kim Schneiderman, LCSW, helps people find their authentic voice so they can rewrite old self-defeating scripts, and create a life that both honors and expresses their deeper needs, values, and gifts in their personal and professional relationships.
While offering an empathetic ear, Kim helps people befriend and manage their emotions, improve their interpersonal communication, and reframe challenges as opportunities to strengthen and grow into their full potential. Kim likes to think of herself as a spiritual midwife of sorts, helping people navigate the narrow bridge of difficult life transitions and give birth to more fulfilled version of themselves. She works with adults in the following areas:
- Depression and anxiety
- Life transitions/ stages of life issues
- Self-esteem and authentic self expression
- Career direction issues
- Relationship concerns
- Interpersonal struggles and family of origin issues
- Religious identity issues
- Work-life balance
- Grief, loss, and illness
- Writer’s and other creative blocks
In addition to identifying relationship patterns and scripts, Kim uses a variety of tools including guided imagery, writing exercises, Focusing, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the Enneagram, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), meditation, mindfulness, and Kabbalah. Having been exposed to the wisdom of various faith traditions and spiritual practices, she is sensitive to the complex set of issues confronting individuals struggling to find a balance between religious/spiritual beliefs and personal integrity, as well as autonomy and the desire to remain connected to family/community.
A seasoned writer and former journalist, Kim currently offers transformational writing groups, which she has taught at the 92nd Street Y, the JCC in Manhattan, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), among other venues. In June of 2015 Kim published her first book, “Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life” with New World Library, a company dedicated to publishing “books that change lives” including bestsellers by Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Choprah, and Wayne Dyer. Following publication, she was interviewed in over 30 podcasts and radio shows across the country. She currently blogs for Psychology Today, and until recently, wrote a wellbeing advice column for the New York, Boston, and Philadelphia Metro newspapers. (Writing is integrated into therapy for those who request it, but it is not required.)
Kim received her MSW at the University of Maryland, holds a certificate in Social Work and Spiritual Care from New York University (where she also guest-lectured) and completed the year-long certificate program with the Association of Spirituality and Psychotherapy (ASP). She has worked in an addiction treatment outpatient center, performed CBT for an online mental/medical health program, served as a synagogue-based social worker at an Orthodox congregation, taught Master’s level Adult Psychopathology at Long Island University, and is currently the Chair of the Adult Education Committee at Romemu, Judaism for Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Kim Schneiderman Website, Podcasts and Video
Shrink Rap Radio: “How to Step Out of Your Story with Kim Schneiderman”
Transformation Talk Radio: “Step Out of Your Story with Kim Schneiderman”
Life Mastery Radio: “Reframing Your Story with Kim Schneiderman”
Book Presentation Video: “Step Out of Your Story“