Dr. Stewart is a Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow and a Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, with more than six years of direct client experience. She has worked clinically in community mental health, private practice, corrections, and VA settings. In addition, Dr. Stewart has been active in clinical research regarding PTSD, chronic pain, sexuality, gender identity, and the mental health of older adults.
Dr. Stewart takes a warm, relational approach to her work with clients, practicing primarily from narrative and family systems approaches. By integrating relevant research into her conceptualization of presenting concerns, Dr. Stewart grounds her humanistic style with established data and best practices. Dr. Stewart is particularly skillful in working with couple and family relationships and enjoys the opportunity to interact with relational problems in real time during the therapy session. Clients can expect to hear Dr. Stewart emphasizing self-compassion and relational awareness through observation, reflection, and reframing thoughts or language. It is Dr. Stewart’s position that problems rarely are inherent to the individual but rather are systemically created, by way of stressors in an individual’s environment (e.g., family, society, workplace). She believes individuals are inherently good and are doing the best they can to manage the challenges present in life and relationships. Dr. Stewart understands that clients are the experts of their own experiences and works collaboratively to help clients acknowledge and re-author identified themes, and to move forward in their healing toward more adaptive ways of being. It is important to Dr. Stewart to approach clients with cultural humility and to learn as much as possible about each client’s experience in the world, in their relationships, and in the therapy room.
Beyond her specialty in couple and family work, Dr. Stewart has special interest in working with clients who have the following concerns: trauma, sexual and/or gender identity, religion/spirituality or religious trauma, and existential concerns (e.g., meaning of life, aging, death/dying).
Education & Professional History
University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) – Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 2021
University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, MN) – M.A., Counseling Psychology (Marriage & Family Therapy concentration), 2016
North Central University (Minneapolis, MN) – B.A., Youth Development Studies, 2006
Washburn Center for Children
Oklahoma City VA Health Care System – Geropsychology & Palliative Care Units
Joseph Harp Correctional Center
University of Oklahoma Counseling Psychology Clinic
Minneapolis VA Health Care Center – Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research
University of Minnesota – Program in Human Sexuality
Kim is an active presenter and has conducted workshops at various regional and national conferences, as well as at international conferences in Europe and Asia.
Kim sees clients at our University location.