Therapeutic Approach: We all have emotional needs to feel understood, accepted, and validated by others. But, seeking support may be more challenging to some of us because of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, language differences, religious reasons, or other minority status. I went through similar challenges and I have a great passion toward working with people who feel isolated, misunderstood, and disenfranchised . My heart especially goes out to immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities, and international students, although I enjoy working with anyone who has the courage to seek help.
I have experience dealing with a wide range of concerns including: depression and anxiety, interpersonal skills and relationship issues, personality, couple counseling, multicultural counseling, sexual orientation issues, trauma, and cultural adjustment issues. I employ an integrative approach combining multicultural, psychodynamic, interpersonal, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, and acceptance based treatment, depending on the individual needs and strengths of my clients. I can conduct therapy in English and Korean.
Background: I received my MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2001 and received my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. Prior to joining Crossroads Institute in 2013, I worked for 6 years as a staff psychologist and multicultural specialist at university counseling centers including State University of New York at Buffalo and Tufts University. I also taught multicultural counseling courses for graduate students at North Eastern University. I have published several articles on topics of multiculturalism and women’s issues and have presented them at national conferences.