Clinical and Counseling Interests:
I am interested in working with students with a wide variety of clinical concerns and am particularly interested in helping students who struggle with depression, anxiety, interpersonal issues, stress management, and adjustments and transitions, and in understanding how experiences of marginalization and intercultural experiences impact identity formation and mental health among emerging adults as well as international students. In the therapy room, I strive to create a multiculturally inclusive, collaborative, and empowering relationship. My approach to treatment is integrative, informed by interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral theoretical perspectives, and mindfulness.
I am committed to diversity, multicultural issues, and social justice especially associated with privilege, race, power, and racial identities. I am also interested in working with international students with various concerns such as transitions, psychosocial adjustments, culture and reverse culture shock, intercultural sensitivity. I have challenged myself to provide a space where my racial and ethnic majority clients could also engage in such discussion when necessary. Further, I take a similar approach when working with other domains of diversity such as religion and spirituality. I am fluent in English and Korean and experienced in providing bi-lingual and Korean counseling.
Scholarly and Outreach Interests:
My research has focused on international students’ psychosocial adjustment, impacted by micro and macro level, integration of spiritual and religious components into mental health and the complexity of whiteness and discrimination among young adults. I have given several presentations in spiritual/religious perspectives in treatment, ethnic diversity and the prevention of bullying, and practice and intercultural sensitivity, and have published a book chapter of a case study of art therapy for a child with autism. My master’s thesis presented the effects of origami on children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD.
American Psychological Association
APA Division memberships:
- Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17)
- Society of the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45)