​​​​Kim Bolen McGrew, MA, LPA, LCAS 

Clinical Psychologist in Wilmington, NC


Kim Bolen McGrew, MA, LPA, LCAS is a clinical psychologist licensed as a Psychological Associate by the North Carolina Psychology Board and a Clinical Addiction Specialist by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. She is also certified as a Health Services Provider. Kim received her master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, with an emphasis on substance abuse treatment. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in outpatient mental health settings and community outreach programs. Kim is committed to providing a non-judgmental and trusting atmosphere to facilitate therapeutic growth. She believes that therapy is a collaborative process in which the therapist and client work together to achieve desired outcomes. Her therapeutic approach encourages individuals to enhance their self-awareness and confidence, utilize effective coping skills, and increase their motivation to reach personal goals. 

Kim treats a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns, including anxiety disorders (e.g., generalized, social anxiety, OCD, phobias, panic disorder), depression, low self-esteem, perfectionism, people-pleasing patterns, burnout, trouble with life transitions, post-traumatic stress, mood instability, substance abuse/dependence, ADHD, academic difficulties, relationship and social challenges, compulsive behaviors, and military-related issues. Other areas of interest are stress management and helping people achieve a balance between physical, emotional, and social well-being. Kim strives to help people communicate more effectively and improve their interpersonal and romantic relationships.

Her treatment approach includes the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps individuals develop more effective thinking and behavior patterns and learn adaptive coping strategies. She also has specialized training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which supports values clarification and achievement of goals despite difficult circumstances, and the Gottman Method, which provides research-based guidelines for improving relationships and marriages. She incorporates motivational interviewing techniques to help individuals who are stuck in unhealthy patterns or habits. In addition, Kim is passionate about utilizing exposure principles to help clients gradually learn to face and overcome their fears. As a former Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group facilitator, she enjoys teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance coping skills.

Helpful Links and Resources

National Alliance on Mental Health: http://www.nami.org/

American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/

North Carolina Psychological Association: https://ncpsychology.org/

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: https://www.beckinstitute.org

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: http://behavioraltech.org/

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: https://contextualscience.org/act

The Gottman Method: https://www.gottman.com/

Crisis and Referral Services 

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or Text 988 https://988lifeline.org/

North Carolina HopeLine: Call or Text 919-231-4525 https://www.hopeline-nc.org/
Essential Local and Community Services: 211https://www.211.org/

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 988, then Press 1 https://www.veteranscrisisline.net

Trillium Health Resources 24-Hour Screening, Triage, and Referrals: 1-877-685-2415

Wilmington, NC RHA Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-709-4097

Wilmington, NC Mobile Crisis Integrated Family Services: 1-866-437-1821