"...a state of mind in which the two are, to a large degree, free to engage in an unimpeded stream of consciousness..."
Thomas H. Ogden
I am a Korean American licensed psychologist in Oregon and Massachusetts. My clinical experience ranges from working with individuals, couples, and groups across the lifespan, genders, sexualities, race/ethnicities, socioeconomic status, and religious/spiritual backgrounds in outpatient, inpatient, community mental health, primary care/hospital, and emergency medical settings. I have worked with a broad range of psychological presentations including trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, relational/interpersonal distress, attachment-related issues, oppression & marginalization, identity issues, and various acute psychiatric diagnoses, among others.
Education & Training
University of Michigan [Ann Arbor, MI]
B.S. Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Sciences
George Fox University [Newberg, OR]
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
Cornell University [Ithaca, NY]
Post-baccalaureate Division of Nutritional Sciences
The Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute [Boston, MA]
APA Accredited Clinical Internship
APA Accredited Post-doctoral Fellowship
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Oregon License #3593
Massachusetts License #11898
My Approach to Therapy
I strongly value the unique intersectionality of each individual and/or collective identities and narratives, and approach therapy from a relational psychodynamic perspective. I am interested in focusing on and using the therapeutic relationship to explore, process, and re-build psychological patterns of self-worth and interpersonal dynamics that are underlying symptoms. I welcome collaboration in cultivating a curious and open space to empower growth in self-agency as well as growth in the capacity to reflect on the self, other, unconscious mind, and emotional experience. I believe this is vital for deepening self-compassion and integration of one’s various parts of self and history of life experiences.
I draw predominantly from the relational psychodynamic, attachment, family systems/differentiation, and existential theories intersecting with social justice and trauma-focused perspectives. I also hold great interest in working with marginalized communities and diverse identities, particularly during this tumultuous time of sociopolitical unrest and oppression. Other areas of interest include but are not limited to relationship issues, systems, family/intergenerational dynamics, grief, trauma, developmental life transitions, vocational stress, immigration/acculturation, and emotional dysregulation. Above all, I believe in the power of attuning to the therapeutic relationship and co-created space to meet the unique needs of each person and couple, to attain greater functioning, relationships, and overall flourishing.