Last updated: October 1, 2021
I am a tenacious, hard-working, life-long learning counselor educator, counselor, supervisor, mentor, and mentee. I am also a proud family caregiver. I am an assistant professor in the Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) program, Jefferson College of Health Professions (JCHP) at Thomas Jefferson University — https://www.jefferson.edu/academics/colleges-schools-institutes/health-professions/departments-programs/counseling-behavioral-health/programs/community-trauma-counseling.html
I earned a doctorate degree in the CACREP-accredited counselor education and supervision program from the George Washington University in 2018. I have over six years of clinical experience in providing individual, group, and vocational rehabilitation counseling for diverse individuals, including the deaf and hard of hearing, college students, international students, transgender individuals, , asylum seekers, and individuals with homelessness living in the United States with mental and/or physical health issues. As a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), national certified counselor (NCC), board certified telemental health counselor, (BC-TMH), and licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania, I embrace diversity in social identities, and love advocating for equity and equality in human rights, and access to affordable education and community resources. I am also currently working toward a certification in EEG neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) to prepare myself to help others with mental health issues, using healing-centered approaches that incorporate neurobiology into clinical mental health and rehabilitation counseling.
In addition to great interests in teaching and clinical practice, I am a passionate researcher with the interests in a) chronic, toxic, or traumatic stress in individuals, families (e.g., family caregivers), and communities, b) grief (e.g., complicated grief and non-death grief in family caregivers) and loss, c) culturally-responsive research mentorship in counselor education, d) wellness of counseling professionals, and e) in-depth experience navigating the mental health system among BIPOC during COVID-19, using mixed methods, including photovoice, as a participatory method.
Born in Seoul and lived in three different countries for a long period of time, I identify myself as a global citizen. I am fluent in English, Japanese, and Korean. My love for communication with others encouraged me to learn the American Sign Language (ASL) and a little bit about the deaf world. I currently live with Kevin (my beloved husband) in suburban Philadelphia.