Are you a people-pleaser, overthinker and/or perfectionist, who is looking for a non-judgmental, transformative space to gain insights and self-awareness about why your inner critics are so loud? You may be feeling exhausted from putting yourself down and dismissing your own needs in the name of productivity, achievement, or avoiding rejection and mistakes. You have spent enough time being harsh on yourself. It's time to be kind to yourself. I can help you take action toward the life you want instead of getting stuck in your own mind.
Utilizing empirically supported treatments, I strive to help my clients make their decisions based on healthy, wise mind, not based on fear. We will collaboratively explore bio-psycho-socio-cultural factors (e.g., family, trauma, 'isms') influencing and interacting with your symptoms, with the goals of improved self-awareness and positive behavioral changes. We will master skills to go beyond symptom-reduction towards a fully connected, vibrant, authentic, and meaningful life.
I'm a good fit for someone who needs a gentle, warm, and collaborative approach in a safe space, where their Wounded Self can be soothed and processed deeply. With the past 16 years of working at various universities, I have a deepened understanding of research findings and effective interventions.
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Born and raised in Korea, I completed my B.S. and M.A. at Ewha Womans University in Korea. I received my Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from State University of New York at Albany. I completed an APA-accredited internship at California State University, Long Beach, and postdoctoral clinical fellowship at George Washington University Counseling Center. I have extensive experiences of working with undergraduate and graduate students at university counseling centers, such as University of Illinois Counseling Center and University of California Irvine Counseling Center. I have also worked with older adults in dealing with age-related issues and grief/loss concerns. With broad experiences at a variety of clinical settings (e.g., addiction recovery center, community mental health clinic, university counseling centers, and federal residential facility) and my sensitivity to diverse clients, I apply a unique combination of theoretical and culturally practical knowledge to working with clients. I have conducted research on acculturation, perfectionism, social justice, and professional identity, and have continued to present at regional and national conferences. I have also designed and facilitated psychoeducational programs/groups (e.g., Anxiety Toolbox, Perfectionism Workshop) that help clients build behavioral and psychological strategies.