“I use a strengths-based approach by recognizing your own inner resources to promote wellness.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was always interested in helping people and majored in psychology for my bachelor’s in South Korea. During my undergraduate, my professor, who had obtained her master’s and doctorate degree in counseling psychology, significantly impacted my career decision to study abroad in America. While studying in America, I fell in love with providing psychotherapy and the honor of witnessing the power of therapy to help people heal and grow. With over a decade of clinical experience in diverse outpatient settings, I have strong compassion and empathy toward clients who struggle with substance use and trauma along with co-occurring mental health conditions. Based on profound trust and rapport with clients, I meet them where they are in their lives and utilize my solid motivational interviewing skills. This truly supports them to grow with their own inner desires and motivations. I have been working as a clinical program director and I am very excited to fully return to clinical practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I use a strengths-based approach by recognizing your own inner resources to promote wellness. The course of therapy will be highly individualized and based on what you would like to achieve. If you are unsure, I will be there to help identify your goals. With my intensive and concentrated cognitive behavioral therapy training and a touch of mindfulness, you will learn to pursue a balanced lifestyle and happiness with the healthy core belief that you have longed to achieve.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
After experiencing multiple parts of the world and meeting with people from diverse backgrounds, I have naturally developed cultural sensitivity. It truly helps me stay open-minded and nonjudgmental. My acculturation process in America helped me realize my core cultural values and adapt to a different culture positively. I sincerely understand the significant distress this process involves and support clients to thrive while becoming well-adapted members of the group and cultivating their own cultural values.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am incredibly excited about using technology to support mental health treatment. It has provided increased options for therapy, including virtual counseling and apps that can be great supplemental tools for homework. As much as I love in-person meetings, it is very exciting to have options to see a therapist on the screen when necessary. In addition, I am relieved about the reduced stigma regarding seeking therapy, especially as we are going through such a challenging time.
“My acculturation process in America helped me realize my core cultural values and adapt to a different culture positively.”