As a Korean-American adoptee and first-generation college student, I’ve always been interested in helping others navigate uncertain paths, specifically when they’re experiencing a lack of social capital to guide them. During my time in higher education (mostly in career services), I saw firsthand how important it is to provide the opportunities and support that help individuals succeed and tap into their full potential. I’m a firm believer in planned happenstance, the idea that by being prepared you can take advantage of spontaneous opportunities when they arise. My career path has been a series of intentional leaps, each one leading me closer to my final fit: Working as a mental health counselor. Along the way, I’ve worked as a teacher, a career counselor, and a communications professional. Across each position, I recognized that — regardless of environment — people want to be seen, heard, and valued. Now, as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a background in career counseling and education, my approach is collaborative, stemming from a belief that you are the expert on your own life and experience. I’m comfortable working with a diverse range of clients and issues, but areas of specialty are career and transitions, adoption, emerging adulthood, anxiety, depression, romantic obstacles, and trauma. My goal is to help clients gain insight into their “whys, wheres, and whens” to promote self-awareness and reduce negative patterns of thought and behavior. In my sessions, I prioritize creating an open environment where I can hold the space for you to share and explore. Some of my most rewarding work has been with clients who are committed to the process, understand that progress is not a straight line, are interested in learning more about themselves, and are motivated to build habits toward sustainable wellness. Our sessions will be evolving conversations that promote greater self-awareness and insight into your thoughts and behaviors. Together, we will collaborate on a tailored course of action that can range from weekly talk therapy sessions to more structured activities to assignments that you will complete during your time away.
Adoption, Burnout, Career-Related Stress, Commitment Obstacles, Cultural Issues, Dating, Existential Crisis / Transition, Family Conflict / Dynamics, Life Transitions, Perfectionism, Relationship Issues