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Training & Education

Education & Work History
 

Before I knew I wanted to be a therapist, I studied international relations and history at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where I received my undergraduate degree. My own mental health issues as a college student contrasted starkly with the behaviors of "rational actors" that the international relations models seemed to base their assumptions on. I began to look to other disciplines to help me explain the "irrational" behaviors that seemed to plague myself and others. 

 

I spent a few years supporting survivors of domestic violence at Asian Americans for Community Involvement, in San Jose, CA where I first learned what it means to provide trauma-informed care that supports a client's self-determination. I also learned the value of culturally and linguistically sensitive services to meet the needs of Silicon Valley's immigrant population. 

I eventually pursued a Master's in Clinical Social Work degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. For my clinical internship, I provided grief and trauma therapy to survivors of community violence and homicide at the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia. During my time in Philadephia, I learned the fundamentals of grief and trauma therapy, as well as the skills to deconstruct the ideas that shape who we are. 

After graduating with my Master's degree, I worked at a private mental health clinic in New York City, where I worked closely with psychiatrists and psych NPs to provide effective care for individuals and couples in New York. I received regular, interdisciplinary supervision from experienced psychiatrists and therapists who helped me become the clinician I am today. 

 

I began my journey to private practice after I started feeling that I wanted more time and flexibility to provide the kind of deep, personalized care that clients deserve, and I haven't looked back since. I consider it a privilege to be able to pay close attention to each client's unique history and lived experience, to be able to provide care that is thoughtful,  deeply attuned, and ultimately, transformative. 

Trainings & Certifications

Trauma Treatment

  • TF-CBT (Medical University of South Carolina)

  • Brainspotting Level 1 (Lisa Larsen, LMFT of Pacific Counseling & Trauma Center & David Grand, Ph.D.)

Racial Trauma, Racialized Processes in Psychoanalysis

  • "When Racialized Ghosts Refuse to Become Ancestors" (Dhwani Shah, M.D.)

  • "Masked Dissonance/Resonance: Enactments in a Time of Global Uncertainty (Jonathan Blazon Yee, LCSW)

  • Opening Session of the Asian American Center for Psychoanalysis (Mary Kim Brewster PhD, David L. Eng PhD, Jasmine Khor MA, Usha Tummala-Narra PhD.)

Intergenerational Trauma

Grief, Bereavement, Loss

Psychoanalysis, Relational & Developmental Trauma

  • Foundations in Psychoanalysis (Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles)

    • Freud, Lacan, Object Relations, Self-Psychology, Relational Psychoanalysis, Intersubjective Systems Theory, Infant Reserach, Attachment Theory and Mentalization, Trauma

Professional Affiliations & Volunteer Work

Professional Affiliations

  • The Asian American Center for Psychoanalysis

  • Mustard Seed Generation (Korean & Korean American clinicians)

Volunteer Work

  • TBD

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