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 currently serving as assistant professor in the Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) program of the Jefferson College of Health Professions (JCHP) at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + 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 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 love advocating for equity 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) in the state of Pennsylvania to prepare myself to help others with mental health issues, using therapeutic, 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 chronic, toxic, or traumatic stress in individuals, families (e.g., family caregivers), and communities, prevention interventions for mental illness, complicated grief and non-death grief in family caregivers, validation studies for psychometric properties of self-report instruments, and 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.