I have been working in mental health since 2011. I started from the bottom and worked my way up in the field, which has given me a unique, in-depth perspective on not only mental health treatments but also the people who seek them. Professionally, I balance work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist seeing clients, running a group at a non-profit crisis shelter for youth, and teaching as an adjunct professor for the Psychology department of a community college. On a more personal note, I am multiethnic: Korean and White. I was raised in a blended family that also included Hispanic and Chinese culture, and I spent most of my adolescent years living in the South. Additionally, I was raised among the Christian and Catholic faith. I am a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Some of my passions outside of counseling and teaching are cooking/baking, swimming, yoga, singing, and creative writing.
I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling. My passion and ability for counseling have been recognized both professionally and academically. Professionally, I was given the opportunity to continue counseling teenagers at the end of my traineeship at Casa Youth Shelter, an amazing non-profit organization that provides Orange County 12 of its 18 shelter beds for teens, where I still maintain part-time employment. Academically, I was acknowledged among my Masters in Counseling graduating class with an award for excellence as a counselor.