Sun Bo Shim, M.S.

U.S. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Sun Bo Shim, M.S., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the U.S. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and lived in Pasadena, California since she moved to the States to study at Fuller School of Psychology in 2007. She also lived in San Francisco, California and spent time in Boston, Massachusetts.

I enjoy reading books and listening to music. I also like to watch movies and journal my thoughts and feelings sometimes. My favorite sports are swimming and skiing, and I feel happy in the water or on the snow.

Overview

  • U.S. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA, USA; LMFT# 80294)
  • Psychotherapist/EAP Korean Provider, Workplace Options, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • Psychotherapist, The MindCare Institute of Korea, Seoul, Korea
  • Registered Developmental Psychotherapist (Korean Developmental Psychological Association, Korea; # 142)
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology, M.S.
  • Catholic University of Korea, M.A.
  • Catholic University of Korea, B.A.

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Sun Bo graduated from Catholic University of Korea and earned her MA from Catholic University of Korea and MSMFT from Fuller Theological Seminary.

She received clinical training in a variety of settings, including:

  • Harvard Counseling Center (Los Angeles, California)
  • Alafia Mental Health Institute (Lancaster, California)
  • Fuller Psychological & Family Services (Pasadena, California)
  • Korean Research Center of Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children in Developmental Psychology Lab of Seoul National University (Seoul, Korea)
  • Student Counseling Center and Child Developmental Counseling Center of Osan University (Osan, Korea)

Sun Bo has been providing psychotherapy at The MindCare Institute of Korea in Seoul, South Korea since she moved back to Korea in 2016, and providing training and psychotherapy as an EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) Korean provider at Workplace Options in Raleigh, North Carolina since 2018.

Education

  • MS: Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology (Marital and Family Therapy)
  • MA: Catholic University of Korea (Developmental Psychology)
  • BS: Catholic University of Korea (Psychology)

Certifications

  • U.S. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California, USA)
  • Registered Developmental Psychotherapist (Korean Developmental Psychological Association, Korea)

Psychotherapy’s ultimate goal is to help clients help themselves grow in a secure, safe, and confidential environment. I provide a supportive and caring environment in order for clients to be understood by the therapist as they want. I think my therapy style is open but engaging in order to make each session meaningful as possible.

I approach therapy as a collaborative process between the client and the therapist in that the therapeutic relationship is a very significant aspect of successful psychotherapy. My approach to therapy is customized to each client, utilizing interventions that are known to be effective in order to not only appropriately intervene but also deeply understand the client. I could say it is an integrative approach which is shaped by my education, training, clinical experience, and experiences over several decades of my life. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is my primary theoretical orientation as structured approach for individuals to decrease or remove their symptoms related to depression or anxiety. I help clients recognize a relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior and understand how thought distortions and beliefs play a role of in creating emotional and behavioral disturbance. Clients can learn to identify and challenge their thinking patterns. 

Child-Centered Play Therapy is my primary theoretical orientation for children. I am trained in Play Therapy and believe that the therapeutic power of play is effective to help children prevent or resolve psychological difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development. 

Emotionally-Focused Therapy helps couples to explore how their individual backgrounds, beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors may be impacting their relationship in both positive and negative ways. I help partners look within at how they construct their emotional experience of relatedness and between at how they engage each other in order to reprocess emotional responses, create new kinds of interactions, and foster secure bonding between them.

Family therapy is based on Family Systems Theory, in which the family is viewed as a living organism rather than just the sum of its individual members. I help family members improve communication, solve family problems, understand and handle special family situations, and create a better functioning home environment.

Above theses, other therapeutic approaches including Attachment-Based Psychotherapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Mindsight, Mindfulness, and Gottman Method Couple Therapy are being applied in my practice.