“Kim Rosenthal has a lively and curious mind linked to vigorous standards of patient care. I have always been impressed with her thoroughness and thoughtfulness in formulating diagnoses and treatment…. I could always count on Dr. Rosenthal to go the extra mile, the extra minute with a patient, a pause for the medical student, time to reflect and wonder with her colleagues. Dr. Rosenthal is multilingual and multicultural, bringing many personal gifts to her work.”
— Kathleen Schwarz, MD. Virginia
When not writing and looking for answers, Kim Rosenthal practices life as a psychiatrist caring for the criminally insane. She’s known for her arm-flailing, humored “live life!” lectures and often has fireside chats with her patients, topics ranging from the woes of heroin to opening a business or understanding Mandela.
The author has spent most of her career as a travelling doctor. She holds medical licenses in North Carolina, Maine, and Hawaii, and has cared for 5000+ patients over the years in many settings — including hospitals, clinics, detox centers, residential rehabs, ACT team programs (home-visiting teams), emergency rooms, forensic settings, nursing homes, as well as VA centers serving our veterans.
Dr. Kim writes books and handouts for patients. Over the years she’s pulled together more than 400 articles, 100+ online in this blog, touching on topics like Asperger’s, journaling, marital problems, fun things to do, and how to make friends. She also writes fiction.
The Outside-the-Box Recovery movement found on this site emerged out of necessity. Treatment can be so dry. Recovery is hard work, but why not give it joy, passion, and creativity? People are more likely to pursue and stick with treatment if there’s an element of fun in the process. Patients’ feedback: yes, it’s worth it! In light of this need, the Outside-the-Box Recovery Workbook (Volume 1) is set for publication August 1, 2021!
Dr. Kim believes that a psychiatrist’s role is to support her patients through life’s darker moments. Psychiatry is, after all, the art of alleviating suffering.
But it is in knowing that each person is unique, that our patient’s minds can’t simply be stuffed into the diagnostic boxes in our textbooks, that the real work begins: the good clinician takes off her jacket, sits down, listens to what the patient has to say, and seeks to hear of their passions and strengths as much as their struggles. They seek joy amidst the shadows.