About Me

My specialties and approach

I specialize in working with adults, parents and children who are Highly Sensitive and/or have Sensory Processing Disorder. Many of my clients also struggle with feelings of worry, perfectionism, and an inner fear that they are not enough.  Still others have endured attachment injury, grief and loss, abuse or neglect, medical or immigration trauma, or other significant stressors in their family or work life.

I use a psychodynamic (looking at how unconscious forces are influencing current thoughts, actions, and feelings) approach to uncover the hidden beliefs that may be holding you back.  I will work with you to create a path forward. My hope is to bring new understanding to you so that you can build healthy and nurturing relationships within your family, at school, or at work.

As a Korean-American, I strive to be culturally responsive with clients and their unique histories.  My clients have described me as warm, insightful, direct, and empathetic.  In addition, I promise that our work together will be collaborative, strengths-based, and focused on measurable goals.

I am trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities and my approach is integrative and informed by neuroscience, attachment theory, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, sensory processing disorder practice, “highly sensitive person” training and mindfulness.

My education and training

Education
– B.S., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
– M.B.A., Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Cambridge, MA
– M.S.W., Smith College School of Social Work, Northampton, MA – Thesis: “Life as a Sensory Over-Responsive Adult: Social/Emotional Challenges, Coping Mechanisms, and Treatments”

Training
– Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level I – Boulder, CO
– Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect – Aurora, CO
– Attachment-Based Psychodynamic Therapy training at the Boulder Institute of Psychotherapy and Research – Boulder, CO
– Career coach at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration – Cambridge, MA
– Group coach for women undergoing mid-life career changes – Boston, MA and New York, NY

My path and interests

Like many of my clients, my path has been a circuitous one.  I started my 15-year career in business, first, as a management consultant, then a marketing professional and then a career/business coach. And while I gained invaluable lessons about motivation, leadership, and human behavior, I found myself wanting to help others more directly.

Fast forward another 15 years, a graduate degree in social work, intensive training, private practice, three kids, and today I bring to my clients more than “a sum total of my experiences”.  I hope to bring curiosity, compassion, and collaboration to our work together so that you will feel empowered to move forward on your desired path.

When I am not working, you will find me soaking up the natural beauty of Boulder with my family and friends.  I love to walk in nature, read historical fiction, sing with my kids, play piano, and practice yoga and meditation.

My memberships

Getting started

I am currently accepting new adult clients only.   During this pandemic time I am meeting with clients outside (weather permitting) and/or via teletherapy. Let’s schedule a 30-minute complimentary phone consultation to discuss how I can help you achieve your goals.

"Doing something prompts you to do something else… Most big transformations come about from the hundreds of tiny, almost imperceptible, steps we take along the way.”

- Lori Gottlieb

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