B A C K G R O U N D
I am a Korean-American originally from New York now living in the UK. Born in Argentina, I have a diverse cultural background which led me to a special interest in cultural issues after moving to the UK, such as expat and repatriate topics and third culture adults . In addition, I also have a special interest in women's topics, specifically motherhood, along with spirituality and relationship topics.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in various different fields ranging from children and young persons work, charity, overseas projects, administration, events planning, creative media, team management, customer service, healthcare and education. It equipped me to work with diverse groups of people and topics, understanding how pain impacts people differently and how differently it can present itself, whether it be our own or inherited from others. I also learned that sometimes people may not know how to process or talk about certain issues in life and this is where counseling can be extremely helpful in processing these things. I wanted to walk with them on that journey.
I took the unusual path to get where I am today, however I am thankful as it has sculpted a very unique and diverse experience for me which has aided me positively in my training and how I work with my clients. Prior to my counselling training, I received a BS in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health and worked in the medical field. Upon hearing many patients' background stories surrounding their ailments, it didn't take long to realise that there was much more to this physical pain than they presented with. Soon enough, I found myself more interested in their holistic background story and not just the physical pain. I wanted to see how our issues impact us rationally, physically, emotionally, spiritually and volitionally, which led to pursuing professional training in Integrative Counselling.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and a registered member of BACP. This means two things:
1. I am able to draw on a wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches in order to tailor the therapy to meet each individual’s needs, and take account of both their present and past
2. I adhere to the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) ethical framework and have been fully qualified as an Integrative Counsellor
I work with individuals and couples for both short-term and open ended long-term work.
"I believe, sometimes it's about the intricate process of holding the beautiful tension of pain that folds us and hope that unfolds whilst walking through the process with somebody else you can trust. We are relational beings and not meant to walk this life alone. Counselling is this very space."
BA (Hons) Theology & Counselling
London School of Theology/Middlesex University
BS Health Science
State University of New York at Stony Brook