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Kim Charniak, KCSW

Clinical Social Worker & Center for Balance Coordinator

Professional Interests

LGBTQ issues, racial identity, diversity, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, developmental psychology, physical and sexual abuse, couple’s and family therapy, chronic illness, academic issues, stress management, and eating and body image concerns.

Background and Counseling Philosophy

Kim has been doing university counseling center work since 2006. She has a long history with UW Oshkosh having received her bachelor’s degree from here. Kim was a first generation college student so she understands the hopes and fears in that first week of school.  Kim also worked as a Community Advisor while attending UW Oshkosh. After leaving UW Oshkosh, Kim received her Master’s in Social Work from UW Milwaukee with a specialty in marriage and family.  She has worked in community mental health with adults, adolescents, children, families and couples.  She has worked in a variety of settings: Foster care, institutional care, hospital/clinic care, community services and the university setting.  She currently works with groups, families, couples and individuals with a wide range of challenges including: anxiety, depression, eating/body image concerns, relationship issues, adjustment to the university, learning style differences, violence, discrimination and other individual concerns.  She is the Coordinator for the Center for Balance which focuses on helping students/faculty/staff identify their personal stressors and learn to cope with stress in effective ways.  Through the Center for Balance, she plans and develops workshops, outreach, biofeedback, and an Anxiety Group and a relaxation class.  Kim enjoys working with students and staff to help identify their own personal strengths and to work toward applying their strengths to their current struggles to help identify solutions to current issues. 


Personal Interests

Camping, boating, fishing, reading, creating mosaics, and training her two Boxers (dogs).

Academic Training

  • MSW, Social Work; certificates in School Social Work and Marriage & Family Therapy, UW Milwaukee
  • BSW, Social Work, UW Oshkosh
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