Sookyung has a Master in Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy from Adler University. Her background includes counselling on matters relating to substance and behavioral abuse, anger management, couples counselling, depression, family issues, life transitions, trauma, and gender issues. In addition to her one-on-one counselling practice, she also has worked with the Atira Women’s Resource Society and Turning Point Recovery Society. She did my practicum with the Youth Mental Health Clinic with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Open Door Group, Downtown Community Court, Portland Hotel Society, and the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC.
Her other skills and certificates include: Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 3, Occupational Awareness Training for Treating First Responder Trauma Level 2, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy Level 1, Narrative Therapy Level 1, Smart Recovery Facilitator, and Indigenous Cultural Competency.
Sookyung’s post-secondary education includes a BA in History, MBA in International Business and Marketing and Juris Doctorate in Law Degree from the Oklahoma City University, USA. Sookyung enjoys painting (www.soo-kyung.com) and volunteers as an art instructor and art therapist in several non-for-profit organizations in Downtown Eastside.
In her clinic and agencies, she works with diverse population including couples with relationship issues, people dealing with their anger issues, millennials struggling with their addictions, self-esteem and career issues, vulnerable people in DTES struggling with trauma, addictions and concurrent disorders, and youth dealing with their gender identity issues. As an artist and a counsellor, she understands the importance of verbal and non-verbal communications and the safe environment where the emotions can be unfolded. In addition to one-on-one counselling, she has facilitated group workshops such as open art studios, Empowerment Portrait Painting Workshops, Thriving Spirit Art Group for Youth, and Positive Art Workshops.
She believes that all humans carry within them a resiliency and an innate wisdom that allows them not only to heal but also to change and grow throughout their entire life. She believes that many presenting issues reflect some kind of difficulty with underlying developmental and maturation processes. These processes often involve emotional, psychological, physical, intellectual, philosophical and spiritual components.