I was born and grew up in South Korea. I came to the U.S for graduate work and stayed to
further my clinical trainings. I was always interested in people’s stories and how personalities
develop. My interest in people led me to major in English literature as an undergraduate. I
then pursed a Master’s Degree in Child Psychology in Korea. A few years later in graduate
school at Fuller Theological Seminary, I learned to integrate spirituality and the science of
psychology in understanding healing.
For many years, I was an international student and went through a complicated and arduous
immigration process to become a citizen. Through navigating this process, I developed a
greater sensitivity to diverse issues in the community. I worked with South East Asian
Refugees in St. Paul, Minnesota and diverse immigrant families in Southern California. Prior to
having private practice, I worked at a community mental health agency in Pasadena for 18
years as a therapist and supervisor of other therapists. In recent years, while searching for a
solid couples therapy model, I became certified in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
as well as Discernment Counseling. With compassion and understanding, I work with each
individual and couples to build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are
committed to accomplishing.
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary, CA
Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Certified in Discernment Counseling
Trained in Restoration Therapy
Certified in TF-CBT for Children
Education & Training
On a personal note, I enjoy going to the theater with my husband to see plays, and watching foreign films whenever I can. I have to admit that I crave Korean food quite regularly, I’m always looking for that heat. Also, I love visiting beautiful beaches and hiking throughout Southern California.