My story began on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, or Atlantic depending on how you look at it. I was born in South Korea and, at 5 months old, settled into my life in the United States with my adoptive family. I grew up in Arizona, where I developed a love for the Latino culture. I became fluent in Spanish and taught a bilingual kindergarten class as an initial career. After devoting summers to volunteering at a camp for children who had experienced abuse and neglect, I wanted to do more to directly help people heal from painful experiences. To move toward this goal, I enrolled in graduate school and moved to West Texas where I began my training as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
During my clinical internship, I was paired with another classmate who would later become my husband (and business partner:-)). After we both completed our doctorate degrees, career opportunities brought both of us to Charlotte in 2009. Following the move, I served as a faculty member and Clinic Director in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer University for four years. I then made the transition into the corporate world and served as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Director – and recently retired from EAP at the end of 2019.
I currently run operations, provide therapy virtually or in-person at our Arizona office location, & co-present workshops. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, raising a daughter, training my Westie, named Rocky (who is currently a certified therapy dog), and traveling. I am working at learning French and can often be spotted at various foodie joints trying out new dishes.
In my clinical work, I seek out personal strengths in each of my clients and have an honest and direct approach in my feedback and observations. I believe that each of my clients has the ability to make deep and meaningful changes, so I work with each person in a way that honors their past and supports their future growth. I tend to ask questions exploring familial influences, highlighting patterns of interaction, and discovering how patterns are passed down from one generation to the next, often unconsciously. I also believe in the power of telling and making meaning of one’s personal story in a safe and supportive environment.
- Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Texas Tech University.
- Recipient of both the AAMFT Graduate Student Research Award.
- Recipient of the Graduate Student Research Grant, awarded by the Association for Creativity in Counseling Division of the American Counseling Association.
- Past Associate Director of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
- Past Clinical Director of the Marriage & Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer University.
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and LPC Supervisor in Texas.
- Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, & Texas.
- Certification for Employee Assistance Professionals (CEAP).
- American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy – Clinical Member.
- North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (NCAMFT) – Member.
- International Employee Assistance Professional Association – Member.
- Past PR Committee Chair on NCAMFT and Treasurer for North Carolina Employee Assistance Professional Association.
- Formally the EAP Director at the McLaughlin Young Group.
- American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Approved Supervisor.
- Extensive training in science-based trauma methods, including EMDR.