Meet Our Therapists

Who We Are

The licensed therapists of Compassionate Living Now come to the practice with a broad range of experiences and expertise. What we share is a posture of compassionate presence, the desire to honor your unique journey, and a commitment to excellence in care.

Meet Stacey Kim, LCSW

Stacey is passionate about working with individuals who are struggling with mental health issues, and is amazed and inspired by her clients every single day. 

She became a therapist after spending more than 20 years working in the arts, specifically in classical music. She brings her love of art, self-expression, and harmony to all of the work that she does with her clients. 

Stacey works with adults and has expertise in treating trauma, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, grief, loss, and issues related to chronic pain or illness. She has an affinity for working with those engaged in creative endeavors such as music performance, writing and visual art. Her approach is strength-based and recovery oriented.

She is the Founder of Compassionate Living Now, where she strives to create a safe, positive space that provides many avenues for individuals to explore, create, come together, and heal. 

She received her Master’s in Social Work from University of Cincinnati School of Social Work, is a graduate of the Conscious Feminine Leadership Training through Women Writing for (a) Change, Bloomington, and is a registered mediator.

Nina Castronova, LCSW, PhD

Nina has spent decades working with individuals in coping with life’s challenges and is deeply committed to helping others thrive in the midst of difficulty. 

She works with adults and families and has expertise in treating (can you fill this in?). She has a particular interest in working with those who are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. 

Nina is collaborative in nature and believes that the key to change begins with her relationship with you, the client. Working within the therapeutic relationship, she has seen clients develop greater insight, build enhanced personal and professional relationships, and gain more effective ways of coping with mental health issues and the inherent challenges of being human. 

She earned a BA in Psychology from The University of Rochester, a Master’s of Social Work from Syracuse University, and a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. She has clinical experience in outpatient adult psychiatry, community and family counseling, and Hospice bereavement services. Her approach is strengths-based and rooted in family systems theory. 

Nina looks forward to hearing from you and to the possibility of working together to tackle the struggles you are facing today.

“When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.”

-Kristin Neff, PhD, author of Self-Compassion and co-creator of Mindful Self-Compassion