Soeun Park, Ph.D.
Soeun Park is a Licensed Psychologist in the U.S. She was born in South Korea and lived in Japan for a few years in her early life. She grew up in Daejeon and moved to Seoul for her post-secondary education. She moved to the U.S. in 2013 for her doctoral degree and has lived in Iowa, Philadelphia, and California.
Following the completion of her Master’s degree, she worked at various counseling agencies and corporates in South Korea, including Korea Youth Counseling & Welfare Institute and Samsung Electronics. She received pre-doctoral clinical training in a variety of settings, including the University of Iowa Counseling Service and Grinnell College Student Health and Wellness. Dr. Park completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services. At this site, she was an active member of the Sexual Trauma Treatment Outreach and Prevention Team, Eating Concerns Team, and Multilingual Therapy Team.
Dr. Park is also currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Bakersfield, and teaches students in the M.S. program in Counseling Psychology.
She also serves as a co-chair of the Training and Mentoring Committee at the Korean Psychologist Network and a mentor of the International Mentoring and Orientation Committee at the Society of Counseling Psychology affiliated with the American Psychological Association. She is a member of the Asian American Psychological Association and has served as a mentor for graduate students. She is also a member of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee at the Department of Psychology, California State University at Bakersfield.
In my work, I am dedicated to promoting a safe space for clients wherein the clients’ adaptive potential and massive resources for healing are seen and nurtured. I strive to compassionately alleviate suffering, genuinely be open about here-and-now experiences, and empower self-growth. My goal as a therapist is to help clients to embrace true self-worth and meaning of life by gaining insight and improving coping strategies. The right facilitating environment established in therapy is a liberating and non-judgmental space for clients to experiment with new ways of relating to others and themselves.
In this sense, I mainly draw on relational orientations and brief dynamic approaches and integrate acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Additionally, I attend to identities, cultures, and systems that influence the clients’ lives over time and across settings.
My work has involved a wide range of clinical issues and diagnoses (e.g., depression, anxiety, cultural adjustment, career and work, family issues, loss and grief, trauma). As a social justice-oriented educator, researcher, and therapist, I am passionate about providing advocacy and affirmative therapy for people of color, women, immigrants, international students, the LGBTQ community, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with disabilities.
- Adjustment Stress
- Anxiety / Panic Attacks
- Career Counseling
- Couples Therapy
- Family Conflict
- Gender Identity / LGBTQ+
- Parenting Stress
- Self Esteem
- Sex & Sexuality
- Social Skills & Peer Relationships
- Trauma / PTSD
I see myself as an explorer of hobbies! Since moving to California, I have been enjoying exploring nature and hiking. I also recently began playing golf. I am always open to trying new things!
- PhD: The University of Iowa (2019, Counseling Psychology)
- MA: The University of Iowa (2019, Educational Statistics and Measurements)
- MA: Seoul National University (2010, Educational Counseling)
- BS: Seoul National University (2008, Education)
- U.S. Licensed Psychologist (CA Board of Psychology, USA, #32443)