As a child of a widowed Korean immigrant mother who toiled and struggled daily to raise her children in the U.S., I am well aware of the extra societal barriers that negatively impact the mental health of minorities.
So I welcome all folks of color (BIPOC), children of immigrants, international folks, and anyone who has experienced being marginalized in any way.
I have over 20 years of clinical experience in community mental health providing services for adults living with severe mental disorders. I also have extensive experience in supervising / training graduate students and clinicians and have provided numerous mental health trainings in the U.S. and abroad. Above all, I am passionate about helping individuals realize their full potential through culturally-informed and scientifically based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
It is also important for me to mention that I have a full life outside my clinical practice. I enjoy playing ragtime piano, journaling, visiting used bookstores, exploring various SF neighborhoods with my wife, playing basketball, meditating, and doing street photography.
Credentials & Experience
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy
A decade of working with individuals, couples, and families in private practice
Taught courses and led workshops in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and clinical Relational Frame Theory for psychologists and psychotherapists domestically and internationally
Trainer and consultant in Dialectical Behavior Therapy at UCSF Citywide Case Management
Led workshops for clinicians and faculty on using the ACT Matrix tool for anti-racism work at UCSF
Completed Level I and II training in EMDR (for trauma)
Master of Science in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy
San Francisco State University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
I also have advanced degrees and training in comparative religions and film studies. As a life-long learner (both within and outside academia), I continuously strive to learn across various disciplines to enhance my understanding and appreciation of complex human behavior.
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Association For Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, ACBS