I am a tenacious, hard-working counselor educator, mental health counselor, supervisor, and mentor. I am currently serving as a visiting assistant professor in the Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) program of the Jefferson College of Health Professions at Jefferson University (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University ) https://www.jefferson.edu/university/health-professions/departments/programs/community-trauma-counseling/faculty/moh0.html) and will continue to work as an assistant professor in the CTC program, beginning in July 2019. I have earned a doctorate degree in the CACREP-accredited counselor education and supervision program from the George Washington University in 2018. I have over four years of clinical experience in providing individual, group, and vocational counseling for diverse individuals (the deaf and hard of hearing, college students, international students, LGBTQ+, asylum seekers, individuals with homelessness living in the U.S.) with mental and/or physical health issues. As a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), national certified counselor (NCC), and licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia, I embrace diversity in social identities and would love advocating for equity in human rights, and access to affordable education and community resources. While I am working toward a license in professional counseling in the District of Columbia and in the state of Pennsylvania, I am also working toward a certification in neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) to prepare myself to help others with mental health issues, using research-driven therapeutic approaches that incorporate neuroscience into clinical mental health and rehabilitation counseling.
In addition to great interests in teaching and doing clinical work, I am a passionate researcher with the interests in family caregivers, prevention interventions for mental illness, traumatic stress and complicated grief, validation studies for psychometric properties of self-report instruments, wellness of counseling professionals, and suicide risk behaviors in college students.
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.