I was born in Pusan (now Busan) South Korea. After about 3 months, my birth mother realized she could not give me the life she thought I deserved and surrendered me to the adoption agency. I lived with a foster mother for the next 3 months, before being adopted at about 6-months old by the family who raised me and shaped me into the person I am today.
I lived and went to school in the Roseville/Shoreview area of Minnesota. I was active in 4-H for about 14 years and participated in projects such as dairy cattle, sheep, dairy goats, photography, cooking, and sewing. I also held some leadership positions in my club and at the county-level. I was (and still kind of am) a very shy person growing up and kept to myself a lot, developing a handful of close friends at any given time. 4-H helped me start to break out of my shell. I attended Northland College in Ashland, WI for a few years where I was also an RA. I finished my BA degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN in 2010. I completed my MA degree in marriage and family therapy at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN in 2014. I have worked or volunteered in a variety of settings within the mental health field, including outpatient, in-home therapy, school-based, and group therapy.
I was misdiagnosed with ADHD around 1st or 2nd grade and prescribed a stimulant, which I’m told gave me a tick in my eye so it was discontinued. As I went through grad school to become a therapist, I realized that my entire childhood was riddled with high anxiety and attachment/abandonment issues, and so what they originally thought was ADHD was actually anxiety. After some self-exploration, I realized having been “abandoned” by the first 2 caregivers I ever had in life, which drove a lot of the emotional and behavioral problems I had as a kid. I keep this in mind with every DA and case I am given and work from an attachment lens.
|Practice Area:||Mental Health, None|
|Type of Therapy/Service:||Attachment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Crisis Intervention/Stabilization, Family Therapy, Mood Disorders, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Post-Adoption Counseling, Post-Adoption Transition Support, Resource and Referrals, Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Trauma Based Therapy|
|Specialities:||Assessment, Attachment Issues, Behavior Issues, Child Abuse, Education/School Issues/Truancy, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Trauma|
* "Permanency services" includes reunification, guardianship, & kinship care.
** "Permanency" includes reunification, guardianship, & kinship care. "Neurodevelopmental issues" includes ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, &FASD.