825 Nicollet Mall
Medical Arts Building Ste. 1447
Minneapolis, MN 55402
* Practice provides Adoptee centered individual therapy for adult adoptees (18+) *
As both an adoptee from Korea and mental health professional, I am passionate about working with and on behalf of adult adoptees in advocating for and providing adoption competent services that are sensitive to the needs of the diverse adoptee community. The invaluable knowledge, skills, and experience I have gained as clinically trained social worker with a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan makes my approach to post-adoption services unique, and a natural fit.
I have experience working as a licensed clinical social worker in roles ranging from psychotherapist, foster care social worker, and mental health clinician in private practice, public institutions, non-profit organizations, and community mental health agencies with diverse populations for over 10 years. I am dedicated to “doing the work” in partnership with others to take mindful action reaching their goals and learning how to thrive professionally and personally with a more mindful and balanced approach.
I hold a license in the state of California as an LCSW (#27404) and the state of Minnesota as an LICSW (#24326). I work from an eclectic theoretical perspective utilizing various theories and treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, to a humanistic existential approach, interpersonal, solution-focused, adoption-informed/adoptee-centered lens, and EMDR.
I tailor therapy to meet each individual’s unique needs. The most central ideas in my work focus on working collaboratively with you to develop goals aimed at increasing your self-awareness, gaining insight into past and current patterns, and identifying current struggles and personal strengths; all the while striving to create personal balance, wholeness, and an overall positive sense of well-being.
Areas of focus: Anxiety, social anxiety, depression, transracial, transcultural, transnational identities, adoptee identity, attachment, relationship challenges/interpersonal growth, perfectionism, stress management, self-care, self-compassion, support around post-adoption services such as family searches, trips back to birth country.
Service Location: Office Based
Languages Spoken: English
Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Graduate (University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare): Yes, 2018 Co-hort
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19+)
Adult (Adopted person)
Areas of Practice Strength:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)