I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1993 and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1995 from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. I received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2001 from Pennsylvania State University. I completed my doctoral internship and postdoctoral clinical fellowship at Counseling and Consultation Service at Ohio State University. I am bilingual and provide psychological services in English and Korean.
I was trained as a generalist and have experience working with adults with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems from diverse backgrounds. While working as a clinician, supervisor, teacher, and researcher in the past 20 years, I have developed expertise in grief and loss issues, cultural adjustment issues of immigrants and international students, mental health issues of Asian and Asian Americans, culturally sensitive mentoring and supervision, and career issues. I am also interested in mind-body connection and integration of non-Western traditions into clinical practice.
My upbringing in South Korea and work experiences in the U.S. and Canada broadened my perspectives on cultural differences and shaped my understanding on the impact of sociocultural factors on human experiences. These experiences also deepened my appreciation for the richness and uniqueness of individual stories and enhanced my ability to build connections with people from diverse backgrounds.
I am a member of American Psychological Association, Ohio Psychological Association, Asian American Psychological Association, and Korean Psychology Network.