Kimi Simms

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Shama Joshi, Associates in Psychotherapy
Get to know Kimi Simms

Growing up, I felt very isolated because I was a half-Japanese child growing up in a predominantly white community. When I was young, I didn’t understand why I was treated differently or why people would constantly ask my Caucasian mom where I was adopted from. Living a life full of questions like “What are you?” “Where are you from…originally?” and being told that I wasn’t able to play with other kids in the community because I was “different” and being bullied because I looked different, really encouraged me to seek more understanding of the world. Throughout my development I found solace in learning more about human relationships, and exploring what I thought about myself, my values, and my hope for what my life could be, rather than allowing the judgements of others to drive my behavior and thoughts of myself. Learning about intersectionality, racism, microaggressions, implicit bias, and social justice changed my life. I know that psychoeducation, compassion, curiosity, and challenging shame can change lives.

During elementary school, when I felt anxious, depressed, lonely, or judged, I found comfort in my relationship with my dog, Sully. I truly believe that because he loved me and chose me as his favorite human, I felt a sense of security and comfort to explore who I was and who I wanted to become. That is why I have a certified therapy dog, Henry, who can attend sessions to provide comfort and animal assisted interventions. 


Contact Info

Kimi Simms, LCSW
Chicago Office
Office: (866) 220-8371
Email Kimi Simms


  • Initial session: $175
  • 60 minute session: $140
  • 45 minute session: $125
  • 30 minute session: $75
  • Family session: $140


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield- Blue Choice PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield- Blue Choice Preferred PPO
  • Kimi is in the process of being credentialed with other panels


About Kimi Simms

Kimi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Utah. She is a certified shame-informed therapist, a certified compassion fatigue professional, and approaches all client relationships through trauma-informed care. Kimi has a Master’s of Social Work from The Ohio State University. In addition to her education, certifications, and licensure she also provides evidence-based treatments through EDMR, IFS, ACT, MI, DBT, CBT, TF-CBT and enjoys using alternative forms of therapeutic interventions. Kimi utilizes animal assisted interventions, sandtray, drama, dance/movement, music, creative writing, and art therapy techniques into her practice. Before becoming an outpatient therapist Kimi has worked in community mental health, hospital settings, and has intensive training in acute care, suicidal ideation and self-harming assessment and treatment, and crisis intervention.