When I grew up...
My hometown is Seoul, South Korea. My 13 years of studying in the United States have equipped me to better handle conflicts, provide support, and show empathy and love to people from different cultural backgrounds.
My clinical experience
After graduating from the State University of New York (SUNY) with my bachelors degree in psychology, I worked with marginalized groups of people who had immigrated to the United States from different Asian countries. I was able to help them better adjust to their new circumstances and live happier lives by promoting healthy eating as well as helping individuals struggling with alcoholism.
While pursuing a master’s degree in mental health counseling, I gained clinical experience at an addiction rehab center by conducting weekly individual and group therapy sessions with adolescents and adults diagnosed with a variety of disorders including Substance Use Disorders, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorders and Anxiety Disorders.
Since I returned to South Korea, I have provided individual therapy for clients from different cultural backgrounds to help them deal with anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, addiction, relationship issues, trauma, and grief. My main approach to therapy is integrative in order to fit the specific set of needs different clients may have. I often apply evidence-based therapy interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
When I'm out of the office...
I engage in a lot of physical activities such as hiking, pilates, and working out at the gym.