My Approach to Helping
At different points in our lives, we can feel like we're drowning. Anxiety and depression can leave us feeling helpless. We can experience hurt and anger from our relationships that cause us to withdraw or shutdown. I know what it’s like to experience debilitating sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, relational conflict, grief and trauma and I can help. I keep up to date with the most recent research done on what is proven to be effective in helping people get better and I've had a record of success in helping couples, individuals (including childrenadolescents), families, veterans and pastors.
I've counseled at the Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology, Buckner International, Incarnation House, West Dallas Community School, Recovery Resource Council, and contributed at Highland Park ISD. I've also worked within a church setting for about 10 years, helping youth and families.
Who you are today doesn't have to define you for tomorrow. You don't have to feel stuck or helpless anymore. Together, we can experience freedom, hope and relief. Call (469-431-3961) or email (dha@counselingatcornerstone) for a free 15 minute consult and visit counselingatcornerstone.com for more information.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I think it's important for you to know who the person committed to helping you is so I wanted to share my story of how I became a counselor.
My parents were born and raised in South Korea and immigrated to the States, where I was born and raised in NY. I can't imagine the challenges they've experienced adapting to a new language and culture. To say that they worked hard and sacrificed is an understatement, as they saw their goals realized and had a successful medical practice for 25 years. Every family has dysfunction on some level and for me, it was growing up with an alcoholic parent. Looking back, I can see clearer why at different seasons I was severely obese, anorexic, bulimic, got into the wrong crowd, etc. Hindsight is 2020 and I wish I could have known the importance of confronting and dealing with the issues at hand. But instead, I faced my relational traumas by avoidance, distraction and other unhealthy coping skills. It was only until I reached young adulthood where I realized that if I didn't intentionally deal with the traumas I experienced, that it would only perpetuate and do me greater harm. So began the hard work of navigating through trauma and journeying towards healing.
I grew up hearing the stigma of counseling and was taught by culture and family not to discuss our problems but rather to "deal with it," "to be a man and suck it up," but in doing so, I never dealt with the problems. I often wonder how life would have been different if I was in counseling and was able to get the help I needed at such a critical time in my development. But what I've realized by seeing a counselor in my later years, that it's never too late to work through trauma and it's never too late to work towards change. I've been married for 10 years and have 2 boys, ages 7 and 5.
Counseling isn't just a job, it's a passion and mission--to bring aid and help to individuals, couples and families so that they can truly be who they are meant to be.