My name is Kiai (“key-eye”) Kim. I have been a certified specialist of emotional regulation since 2013 under the supervision of Cedric Bertelli, Director of Tipi USA, an affiliate of French researcher Luc Nicon’s research program, Tipi (Technique d’Identification des Peurs Inconscientes). Since 2013, I have helped many people overcome emotional difficulties, including depression, anxiety, worry, drug cravings, anger, deep sadness, rage, hypervigilance, and others.
How I became aN Emotional Regulation Specialist
After many years of living with PTSD, I moved to San Francisco to escape chaos on the East coast caused by Hurricane Sandy. I became unable to work because of PTSD, developed as a result of being a hotline operator at Brooklyn Hospital on the night of the September 11, 2001 tragedies. Two blocks away from my new home on the West coast was the office of Tipi USA where Mr. Bertelli gave free classes on how to practice emotional regulation. Because of the intensity of my symptoms, Mr. Bertelli urged me train in Tipi’s certification program so that I could “heal” myself. At that time, healing myself of PTSD was hard to believe, because ten years of hardwiring PTSD behaviors seemed impossible to change. Today, I am working again and have almost no PTSD symptoms.
Because I want to share my experience overcoming PTSD, in early 2018 I enrolled in a graduate program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University New England. While I am not yet a licensed psychotherapist, I am a student member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the association of California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC).
Before I knew I had PTSD, I was unable to hold a full-time job for longer than a week. Back then, I thought it was because I was an artist. To make ends meet, I began writing and became a relationship adviser specializing in Jungian personality typology to help people understand differences among their relationships. You might have seen my book, AlphaDog [tongue-in-cheek title], a guide for men on how to date that uses the wild dogs of Africa as an archetype for leadership.
In college, I studied Sociology after getting a D in Psychology 101. I disliked memorizing definitions of psychopathologies that I didn’t agree with. Today, I still disagree with the way that many in the psychology world put a label on ailments that can be resolved with sensory emotional regulation.