About

Last updated: January 6, 2021

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I am a tenacious, hard-working, life-long learning counselor educator, mental health counselor, supervisor, mentor, and mentee. I am also a proud family caregiver for a family member. I am an assistant professor in the Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) program of the Jefferson College of Health Professions (JCHP) at Thomas Jefferson University — https://www.jefferson.edu/university/health-professions/departments/programs/community-trauma-counseling/faculty/moh0.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 five years of clinical experience in providing individual, group, and rehabilitation vocational counseling for diverse individuals, including the deaf and hard of hearing, college students, international students, LGBTQ, 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 inequality in human rights, and access to affordable education and community resources. I am also currently working toward a certification in neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) to prepare myself to help others with mental health issues, using healing-centered approaches (e.g., trauma-informed care) 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) prevention interventions for mental illness, d) validation studies in counseling, e) culturally-responsive research mentorship in counselor education, and f) wellness of counseling professionals.

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 live with Kevin (my beloved husband) in suburban Philadelphia.