Dr. Lee graduated from Yonsei University with a degree in psychology, and completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Northwestern University in Chicago. She has trained in a wide range of clinical settings including academic medical centers (outpatient and inpatient psychiatry, pediatric oncology), community mental health centers, primary care (integrated behavioral health), school/college counseling, and private practice in NY, Chicago, and Seoul.
She has worked with adult and child/adolescent clients with diverse cultural, national, racial/ethnic, sexual orientation, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Lee has also worked as an intern and volunteer with the World Health Organization working on a project to reform mental health services and improve human rights conditions of mental health facilities around the world.
She has conducted research on environmental and sociocultural factors that affect mental health, trauma interventions for youth, and predictors of mental health service use in different populations. Dr. Lee is fluent in English and Korean, and has advanced proficiency in Spanish.
I take an integrative approach to psychotherapy, and tailor the treatment plan and method according to the needs and preferences of the client. I use both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches to care. I believe we as humans each have enormous strengths and resilience, talent, wisdom, and healing potential within ourselves. I see my role as helping activate those aspects of an individual and release old emotions, trauma, and behaviors that get in the way of living and blossoming as one’s authentic self.
I also appreciate the role of the mind-body connection, creativity, and spirituality (not the same as religiosity!) in mental health and holistic well-being. I may therefore suggest the client activities beyond traditional talk therapy that have been shown to promote mental health and well-being, such as mindfulness exercises/meditation, exercise, creative arts, healthy eating, and/or bibliotherapy, among others, and integrate them into the treatment process.
With children, I usually work with both the child and parent/family to ensure effectiveness. With adults, I may also at times include family members as needed and/or wanted by the client.