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)
  • Korea Licensed Developmental Psychologist (The Korean Society for Developmental Psychology, Korea; # 142)
  • Psychotherapist, The MindCare Institute of Korea, Seoul, Korea
  • EAP Korean Provider, Workplace Options, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 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 since she moved back to South 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)
  • Korea Licensed Developmental Psychologist (The Korean Society for Developmental Psychology, Korea)

Psychotherapy’s ultimate goal is to help clients help themselves grow in a secure, safe, and confidential environment. I therefore provide a supportive and caring environment in order for my clients to be understood. My therapy style is open yet engaging, to make each session as meaningful as possible.

I approach therapy as a collaborative process between the client and the therapist, and that a positive therapeutic relationship is a core 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 to also deeply understand the client. My approach is thus integrative in nature, shaped by my education, training, clinical experience, and personal insights achieved over the past several decades of my life. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is my primary theoretical orientation for adults, which is a structured approach to help individuals decrease or eliminate their symptoms related to depression or anxiety. I help clients recognize the relationships between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and understand how thought distortions and beliefs play a role in creating emotional and behavioral disturbance. Clients thus learn to identify and challenge their thinking patterns to change their experiences. 

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

Emotionally-Focused Therapy is an approach I use with couples to help them 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 experiences of relatedness and at how they engage each other to help them reprocess emotional responses, create new 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.

In addition to those above, I also apply other therapeutic approaches into my practice, including:

  • Attachment-Based Psychotherapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Mindsight
  • Mindfulness
  • The Gottman Method for Couples Therapy