Dr. Kim LO is the owner of and Clinical Director at Life Begins Here Therapeutic & Counseling
Services group practice located in Atlanta, GA. She is also the founder of The Melanated Mommy Tribe, an organization created to address and provide resources for Black women’s
maternal mental health due to adverse outcomes that exist for Black birthing and postpartum individuals.
She has more than a decade of experience in the fields of social work, psychology and mental health. She is a
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Clinician (PMH-C). She
has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Development from
Georgia Southern University, a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of Georgia
and her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa).
Dr. Kim is trained in Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy, Perinatal Mood and
Anxiety Disorders and is a Level 3 Gottman trained couples’ therapist and a DONA trained birth doula. Additionally, she is a trained Gottman’s Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work leader and a Bringing Baby Home facilitator. Kim is also an adjunct social work professor, and she enjoys consulting and mentoring future social workers and mental health clinicians who have a desire to serve marginalized communities. Dr. Kim works with individuals, couples and groups and her
mission includes normalizing mental health and holistic wellness especially within BIPOC communities. Her specialities and area of expertise is in intersectionality, life transitions, maternal mental health, anxiety, depression and couples.
Dr. Kim was awarded the Contribution to Scholarship Award by the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama’s (Tuscaloosa) Honors Day 2020 for her scholarly
work and research on Black women and Maternal Mental Health and in 2021 was awarded the Doctor of Social Work Contribution to Social Work Education award. She was also apart of the 2020 class of Georgia Southern University's prestigious 40 Under 40 Award. Dr. Kim is a member of Postpartum Support International, National Association of Social Workers, Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society and Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society.
Dr. Kim has been featured in several media outlets including Psychology Today, Romper, Bustle, Self.com, Shout Atlanta and VoyageATL to name a few and has partnered with Bumble, the
international dating app, as the featured speaker for their event Navigating the Ups and Downs of Dating in 2020.
Dr. Kim has a vision to break the stigma surrounding mental health by normalizing it through having conversations regarding mental health and educating communities and corporations on the impact and importance of be intentional in taking care of our mental health and wellness as mental health is an integral part of our well-being.
During her spare time she enjoys spending time on new adventures with her husband and their two children, traveling, attending sporting events, painting/ coloring, trying a new recipe, beading jewelry, listening to music, visiting the beach, being with family and friends, and spending time in nature.