Our Team includes Ph.D. Student Interns, M.A. level Counselors, and Ph.D. level Psychologists.
Our therapists received their degrees and therapy training at top, prestigious U.S. universities such as Stanford and UCLA, are published experts in their fields, and have decades of cumulative therapy and counseling experience working with:
- individuals (children & adults)
- the military
We are trained to help you on issues of:
- relationships & marriage
- and other life challenges.
We have all lived in multiple countries, are aware of the challenges of doing so, and are eager to help.
U.S. Licensed Psychologist (CA, USA; PSY#18795)
He has completed an NIMH Fellowship at UC Irvine, pioneered the field of Wisdom TherapyTM in 1998, and is the founder and president of the Wisdom Therapy Institute (www.wisdomtherapy.com). Dr. Robins also developed and was the administrator and program director of an adult day health care center that served several hundred seniors in the community. He is the author of many scientific journal articles and book chapters.
In addition to his research and clinical background, Dr. Robins has also been a corporate consultant for Fortune 100 companies and has given numerous talks and trainings nationally and internationally on the applications of Wisdom Therapy and Emotional Intelligence in the workplace, on stress reduction, anger management, conflict resolution, and productivity. Dr. Robins is an avid racquetball player and also enjoys playing chess and GO. He rollerblades, salsa dances, runs the occasional marathon, and strives to appreciate the simple things.
PhD: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB, 1996), Psychology
MA: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB, 1993), Psychology
BS: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 1989), Psychology
U.S. Licensed 18795 (CA Board of Psychology, USA, 2002)
Wisdom Therapy is an integration of best practices of both western psychological science such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Emotional Intelligence, with eastern best practices that have come to be evidenced-based in the United States such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Empathy & Compassion, Gratitude, Systems awareness, and Humility practices. Humanistic, Existential, and other therapy orientations are also very beneficial and are applied as needed. My approach aims to help you develop these wisdom skills through practice and apply them to your specific life challenges.
Gaining wisdom can take many decades of painful, costly mistakes. Wisdom Therapy is a scientifically established program that has identified these wisdom skills and the practical methods for learning them sooner rather than later.
Main Theoretical Approaches: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Systems Conceptualization, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Intelligence, Gratitude, Empathy/Compassion, Humility, Wisdom Therapy.
Dr. Chad Ebesutani, Ph.D.
U.S. Licensed Psychologist (AL, USA; #1808)
He was born and raised in Hawaii and lived in different parts of America including California, Rhode Island, and Mississippi. He also spent time living in other countries in addition to Korea, such as Canada and Australia.
He received clinical training in a variety of settings, including:
Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (University of Hawaii)
TIES For Families Center (UCLA; Los Angeles, CA)
VA Medical Center (University of Mississippi)
Dr. Ebesutani is also currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Duksung University, in Seoul, Korea.
He also serves as a Mental Health Care Consultant for PracticeWise (a widely-utilized mental health company in the United States that specializes in providing trainings for effective mental health treatments and services), as well as the Psychology Advisor for Noom Korea (a mental health app providing online coaching for overall behavioral health).
PhD: UCLA (2011, Clinical Psychology)
MA: University of Hawaii (2008, Clinical Psychology)
BS: Brown University (2003, Psychology)
U.S. Licensed Psychologist (AL Board of Psychology, USA)
Korean Clinical Psychological Association, Professional Therapist License
(임상심리전문가 자격증 #921)
To those struggling with immense pain and questioning reasons for continuing, I offer you my thoughts on the world:
The essence of who we are, and dare I say purpose in life, in my estimation, lies in our ability to push through our painful existence in pursuit of a better, more beautiful world; through only this, can we create not a life full of suffering, but a world filled with boundless meaning, hope, and blissful engagement and anticipation for what may come nextㅡfor this makes us human and provides the fuel for dreams and transformation. It has indeed become clear that the passages of time have bestowed upon us the unique capacity to yearn and fight for another day, despite our current losses and sufferings, as we know tomorrow may hold that which we love, miss, and want to become. It is for this that I know we must live and never give up.
Ebesutani, C. K., Korathu-Larson, P., Nakamura, B., Higa-McMillan, C. K. & Chorpita, B.F. (in press). The Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale 25 - parent version: Scale development and validation in a school-based and clinical sample. Assessment.
Gormez, V., Kilincaslan, A., Ebesutani C. K., Orengul, A. C., Kaya, I., Ceri, V., Nasiroglu, S., Filiz, M., Chorpita, B. F. (in press). Psychometric Properties of the Parent Version of the Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale in a Clinical Sample of Turkish Children and Adolescents. Child Psychiatry & Human Development.
Ebesutani, C. K., Kim, M., & Park, H. (2016, August). The utility of the bifactor model in understanding unique components of anxiety sensitivity in a South Korean sample. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 22, 116-123.
Viana, A., Ebesutani, C. K., Young, J., Tull, M., & Gratz, K. (2012, December). Childhood exposure to parental threatening behaviors and anxiety symptoms in a sample of young adults: The mediating role of cognitive biases. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36(6), 670-680.
Price, M., Higa-McMillan, C., Ebesutani, C. K., Okamura, K., Nakamura, B., Chorpita, B., & Weisz, J. (2013, November). Symptom differentiation of anxiety and depression across youth development and clinic-referred/nonreferred samples: An examination of competing factor structures of the Child Behavior Checklist DSM-oriented scales. Development and Psychopathology, 25(4pt1), 1005-1015.
Ebesutani, C. K., McLeish, A. C., Luberto, C. M., Young, J., & Maack, D. J. (2014, September). A bifactor model of anxiety sensitivity: Analysis of the Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 36(3), 452-464.
Takishima-Lacasa, J., Higa-McMillan, C., Ebesutani, C. K., Smith, R., & Chorpita, B. (2014, December). Self-consciousness and anxiety in youth: The revised self-consciousness scales of children. Psychological Assessment, 26(4), 1292-1306.
Higa-McMillan, C., & Ebesutani, C. K. (2011). The Etiology of Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults. In C. A. Alfano & D. C. Beidel (Eds.), Social anxiety disorder in adolescents and young adults: Translating developmental science into practice (pp. 29-51). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Ebesutani, C. K., Fierstein, M., Viana, A. G., Trent, L., Sprung, M., & Young, J. (2015, March). The role of loneliness in the relationship between anxiety and depression in clinical and school-based youth. Psychology in the Schools, 52(3), 223-234.
Ritchwood, T., Ebesutani, C. K., Chin, E., & Young, J. (in press). The Loneliness Questionnaire: Measurement Invariance across African American and Caucasian Youth. Assessment.
Seo, W., Kim, M., Kim, J., Ebesutani, C. K., & Jo, I. (2015, December). The mediating effects of self-efficacy in the relationship between loneliness and social media addiction. The Korean Journal of Woman Psychology (한국심리학회지: 여성), 20(4), 443-458.
Ebesutani, C. K., Drescher, C., Reise, S., Heiden, L., Hight, T., Damon, J., & Young, J. (2012, July). The Loneliness Questionnaire-Short Version: An evaluation of reverse-worded and non-reverse-worded items via item response theory. Journal of Personality Assessment, 94(4), 427 - 437.
Ebesutani, C. K., Drescher, C., Reise, S., Heiden, L., Hight, T., Damon, J., & Young, J. (2012, March). The importance of modeling method effects: Resolving the (uni) dimensionality of the Loneliness Questionnaire. Journal of Personality Assessment, 94(2), 186–195.
Stewart, R., Ebesutani, C. K., Drescher, C., & Young, J. (in press). The Child PTSD Symptom Scale: An investigation of its psychometric properties. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Olatunji, B., Ebesutani, C. K., & Abramowitz, J. (2017, January). Examination of a Bifactor Model of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptom Dimensions. Assessment, 24, 45-59.
Olatunji, B. O., Ebesutani, C. K., & Kim, E. (2015, March). Examination of a bifactor model of the Three Domains of Disgust Scale: Specificity in relation to obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Psychological Assessment, 27(1), 102-113.
Olatunji, B. O., Ebesutani, C. K., Kim, J., Riemann, B. C., & Jacobi, D. M. (2017, April). Disgust proneness predicts obsessive-compulsive disorder symptom severity in a clinical sample of youth: distinctions from negative affect. Journal of Affective Disorders, 213, 118-125.
Olatunji, B. O., Ebesutani, C. K., & Kim, E. (2016, December). Does the measure matter? On the association between disgust proneness and OCD Symptoms. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 44, 63-72.
Kim, J., Ebesutani, C. K., Wall, D., & Olatunji, B. (2012, January). Depression Mediates the Relationship Between Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms and Eating Disorder Symptoms in an Inpatient Sample. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 1(1), 62-68.
Olatunji, B., Ebesutani, C. K., David, B., Fan, Q, & McGrath, P. (2011, October). Disgust proneness and obsessive-compulsive symptoms in a clinical sample: Structural differentiation from negative affect. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25(7), 932-938.
Suicidality & Self-Harm
Suh, S., Ebesutani, C. K., Hagan, C. R., Rogers, M. L., Hom, M. A., Ringer, F. B., Bernert, R. A., Kim, S., Joiner, T. E. (2017, May). Cross-cultural relevance of the interpersonal theory of suicide across Korean and U.S. undergraduate students. Psychiatry Research, 251, 244-252.
Olatunji, B. O., Cox, R., Ebesutani, C. K., & Wall, D. (2015, June). Self-harm history predicts resistance to inpatient treatment of body shape aversion in women with eating disorders: The role of negative affect. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 65, 37-46.
Cox, R., Ebesutani, C. K., Olatunji, B. (2016, February). Linking poor sleep quality and maladaptive repetitive thoughts: The mediating role of executive functioning. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40, 107-117.
Viana, A. G., Stevens, E. N., Dixon, L. J., & Ebesutani, C. K. (2016, October). Parental Emotion Socialization Strategies and their Interaction with Child Interpretation Biases among Children with Anxiety Disorders. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40(5), 717-731.
Chung, K., Ebesutani, C. K., Bang, H., Kim, J., Chorpita, B., Weisz, J., Suh, D., & Byun, H. (2013, June). Cross-cultural differences in parental reporting styles between Korea and the US: Relationship between parenting stress and youth problem behaviors. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 44(3), 460-468.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Evidence-based Treatments
Ebesutani, C. K., Helmi, K., Fierstein, M., Taghizadeh, M., & Chorpita, B. (2016, March). A Pilot Study of Modular Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Hypnotherapy for Treating Anxiety in Iranian Girls. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 9(1), 13-37.
Ebesutani, C. K., Daleiden, E., Becker, K., Schmidt, L., Bernstein, A., Rith-Najarian, L., Lyons, J., & Chorpita, B. (in press). Facilitating communication of ideas and evidence to enhance mental health service quality: Coding the treatment services literature using the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths-Mental Health assessment scales. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
Chorpita, B., Daleiden, E., Ebesutani, C. K., Young, J., Becker, K., Nakamura, B., ... Starace, N. (2011, June). Evidence Based Treatments for Children and Adolescents: An Updated Review of Indicators of Efficacy and Effectiveness. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 18(2), 154-172.
Bernstein, A., Chorpita, B., Daleiden, E., Ebesutani, C. K., & Rosenblatt, A. (2015, December). Building an Evidence-Informed Service Array: Considering Evidence Based Programs as well as their Practice Elements. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(6), 1085-1096.
Bernstein, A., Chorpita, B., Rosenblatt, A., Becker, K., Daleiden, E., & Ebesutani, C. K. (2015, January). Fit of Evidence-Based Treatment Components to Youths Served by Wraparound Process: A Relevance Mapping Analysis. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44(1), 44-57.
Ebesutani, C. K., & Choi, S. (2014, March). The Validation of the Korean Version of the Knowledge of Evidence-based Services Questionnaire. Korean Journal of Health Psychology (한국심리학회지: 건강), 19(1), 119-146.
Ebesutani, C. K., & Shin, S. (2014, November). Knowledge, attitudes, and usage of evidence-based assessment and treatment practices in the Korean mental health system: Current status and future directions. 한국 정신건강체계에서의 근거기반 평가 및치료의 태도, 지식, 사용에 관한 연구. The Korean Journal of Clinical Psychology (한국심리학회지: 임상), 33(4), 875-901.
See here for full publication list and CV:
Dr. Jungeun Lee, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
She is also an external instructor at Kwangwoon University and Chung-ang University Graduate School where she teaches basic and advanced psychology classes and gender studies.
Postdoctoral Fellow: Dartmouth College School of Medicine (2013-2014)
PhD: University of Nevada, Reno (2013, Clinical Psychology)
Predoctoral Psychology Intern: Yale University School of Medicine (2012-2013)
MA: University of Nevada, Reno (2011, Clinical Psychology)
BS: Chung-ang University, Seoul (2005, Psychology)
Korean Clinical Psychological Association, Professional Clinical Psychologist (임상심리전문가 자격증 #1155)
Ministry of Health and Welfare, Mental Health Clinical Psychologist Level 1 (정신보건임상심리사 1급 #1020)
Life can be very harsh and cruel, from time to time—full of waves. At the same time, you can learn how to surf them effectively and move with the flow. I would love to guide you along on that path.
Janet Choi, LCSW
U.S. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA, USA; LCS# 27541)
She is also certified to provide an evidence-based parenting program called Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), which provides parents with simple tools and strategies to help manage problems of family life.
MSW: California State University, Long Beach (Social Work)
BA: University of California, Irvine (Psychology)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (California, USA)
Hyungbum Kang, MA, MSW, LCSW, SUD-MAC
U.S. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (HI, USA; LCSW# 3684)
He completed his first master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton in Sociology. He then received his MSW degree from Yonsei University. He also completed his addiction certificate course from California Southern University and post-baccalaureate degree from Fielding Graduate University in Clinical Psychology.
He received his clinical training in a variety of settings, including:
Behavioral Health Clinic in San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX
Army Community Center, USA IMCOM USAG Yongsan
Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center
Mr. Kang is also formerly an Adjunct Professor in the Behavioral Health Department at Antelope Valley College, in Lancaster, California.
Post-Baccalaureate Degree: Fielding Graduate University (2017, Clinical Psychology)
Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Certificate Course: California Southern University (2013, Master Addiction Counselor)
MSW: Yonsei University (2008, Social Work)
MA: California State University (2001, Sociology)
BS: Korea University (1991, English Literature)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Hawaii (HI#3684)
Certificate of Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse Counseling; Master Addition
Counselor (NCC AP: National Certification Counsel for Addiction Professional #510667)
Licensed Independent Social Worker (NM# I-07566)
대한 민국 보건 복지부, Professional Therapist License (정신 보건 전문 요원 자격증 #1000)
My therapeutic approach involves looking for the discrepancy between the unlimited dimension of the human mind and the reality that limits you in time and space. People in society have different perceptions so that according to their different perceptions, they formulate their opinions and set of behaviors. They defend their own theory of perception so that the science which sounds theoretically reasonable and proven comes to play its role. However, one's perception is equivalent to neither the human mind nor the psychiatric world of the individual. You might be looking for the love from God. You might be looking for the spirit to challenge another dimension of your life. I look to expand the dimensions of variables related to scientifically proven therapeutic methods.
One of the reasons why I chose clinical psychology as my avenue for exploring the world of human perception is that the concept linking the expanded dimensions appears to be one of the important variables that need to be added to the understanding of human perception. Thus, with an unlimited and unrestricted perceptual world of the human mind I stand, ready to explore the variables of your life with unlimited and unimaginable possibilities with you.
I go to the gym every other day. This habit has been present over 20 years, but she never joins me. I wish she did.
Sungjoo (SJ) Han, M.Ed., M.Sc.
Ontario Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO Qualifying Member, Canada; #007474)
SJ has worked in a diverse range of clinical and mental health settings:
Center for Interpersonal Relationships (Toronto, Canada)
Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (London, UK)
Mind Mental Health Recovery Centre (London, UK)
YoungMinds Youth and Adolescent Mental Health (London, UK)
Camp Outlook (Kingston, Canada)
A native speaker of both Korean and English, SJ currently resides in Seoul offering psychotherapy, counseling and language coaching services for Koreans and internationals.
M.Ed: OISE, University of Toronto (2018, Counselling and Psychotherapy)
M.Sc: London School of Economics and Political Science (2010, Social and Cultural Psychology)
Diploma Training: Metanoia Institute (2016, Integrative Psychotherapy)
B.A.: University of Warwick (2009, Film and Literature)
Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Therapists of Ontario (Qualifying #007474)
My particular focus is on the person-to-person relationships that we build in and outside of the therapy room. I ensure that therapy is always a fluid, collaborative dialogue with my clients, especially in the first sequence of sessions. I work with an integrative approach, which means that I draw from the wisdom of many different orientations such as psychodynamic, person-centred, gestalt, cognitive-behavioural and emotion focused. All my work is based on what may be most healing for the client based on their narrative, identity and preference.
I was born in Seoul and raised in London, UK where I initially received my training as a psychotherapist. I completed my training in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto. Having migrated twice across three continents, my multicultural identity has taught me just how similar yet different people’s life experiences and values can be, and how giving voice to these experiences is an ongoing process. But through this struggling together, the therapist can help the client draw newfound breath to parts of themselves that have been drowned out for a very long time. It is this rediscovery that helps make our journeys worthy and meaningful.
My other experiences include social research, mental health recovery centres, special educational needs teaching, organisational development, youth work, careers guidance and wilderness-based therapy.
When I don't have access to the wilderness my other go-to hobby is playing and watching football/soccer. I am a lifelong supporter of Arsenal football club (come on you Gunners!)
Psychological Therapy Interns
Josephine Harris, M.S.
Supervised by Chad Ebesutani, Ph.D. (AL, USA; #1808)
She also facilitates groups in multiple areas and encourages individuals to find their own solutions to problems. Using clinically tested and evidenced-based interventions, Josephine has worked with over 150 individuals and families since 2002 in the mental health field. She is a member of various mental health organizations and has particular expertise in child/adult ADHD and workplace performance, substance abuse and addiction, domestic violence training, and depression. She offers an integrative approach that centers on cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT).
PhD: Walden University (Student of PhD, Counseling Psychology)
MS: University of Phoenix (General Psychology)
BA: University of Phoenix (Criminal Justice Administration)
Registered Psychotherapist (Colorado, USA)
Certified Addiction Counselor II, ACB (Colorado, USA)
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Confidential Victim Advocate (The Colorado School of Family Therapy)
Trauma Informed Care for Diverse Population (The Colorado School of Family Therapy)
Hyoseok (Hugh) Kwon, M.A.
Supervised by Chad Ebesutani, Ph.D. (AL, USA; #1808)
He received clinical training in a variety of settings, including:
Madison County Community Health Center (Anderson, IN)
Ball State University Counseling Center (Muncie, IN)
Ball State University Counseling Practicum Clinic (Muncie, IN)
Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital (Muncie, IN)
MA 2nd: Ball State University (2012, Social Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
MA 1st: Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea (2009, Clinical Psychology)
BA: Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea (2005, Psychology)
Jae Choi, M.A & M.Div.
Mental Health Counselor – Limited Permit (P09145)
Counselor Intern supervised by Chad Ebesutani, Ph.D. (AL, USA; #1808)
Jae worked as a mental health counselor for the center at Eastern Queens New York. In August 2018 he came back to Korea to work at the International Psychology and Counseling Center.
M.A.: Fordham University (2017, Pastoral Counseling)
M.A. & M.Div: Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (2012, Theology)
B.A.: Daejeon Catholic University (2008, Theology)
Certificate of Group Psychotherapist conferred by Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society 2018
Mental Health Counselor – Limited Permit (#P09145)
Certification of Psychotherapist, Queens New York (No. 3279944)
Biological findings in contemporary research support attachment theory. When experiencing emotional bonds, the body provides oxytocin alleviating anxiety, while serotonin is released decreasing feelings of loneliness. In the therapeutic relationship with the therapist, the client may experience feeling less anxious and lonely. This is a significant condition to explore feelings, thought processes, and behaviors. In therapy, this condition allows the client to explore his/her own intrapsychic world and interpersonal relationships.
Jae Choi also strongly supports interpersonal therapy. His therapy is based on contemporary research on the human brain. Research in this area argues that the brain was developed through thousands of years of evolution based on social and relational experiences facilitating human survival. The more the client experiences being social and interpersonal, the more he/she may experience him/herself being trusting, loving, energetic, and hopeful.
As a therapist, I not only assist my clients in learning healthy coping mechanisms to modify problematic behaviors, as this is not enough. I also assist my clients in facilitating his/her current interpersonal relationships. By being open to oneself and to the therapist, the client is encouraged to be open to others.
In therapy, my clients learn to become aware of Gestalt processes (a German term meaning that the whole is larger than the sum of its parts) of being in the here and now. The process of awareness of wholeness assists the client in experiencing not only feelings of anxiety or loneliness but also other significant feelings, such as feeling angry, contempt, guilty, shame, happiness, contentment, excitement, love, energy, and hopefulness. Expanding experience of various feelings help the client be curious to explore oneself and his/her relationships to others. Here and now is crucial to experience Gestalt. Bringing the client to the present moment is also the main focus of Gestalt therapy. Experiencing being in the present moment with the therapist opens the client to integrate his/her Gestalt.
Jae Choi believes that the therapist’s role facilitates the client’s own spirituality. Jae does not proselytize to any clients. As a therapist and minister, he believes that everyone has their own spirituality. (Even atheists have their own.) Though this understanding, Jae believes that spirituality facilitates mental health. Contemporary research also finds that spiritual exercise alleviates over reaction of the limbic system (triggering anxiety) and increases serotonin and oxytocin decreasing loneliness and increases one's ability of being calm and still. Based on the spiritual exercises of meditation and mindfulness, Jae helps clients find their own spirituality and enhances their spiritual exercises in life, so that the client may modify problematic behaviors and rediscover fullness in life.
Maxine Wilborn, M.S.
Supervised by Shani Robins, Ph.D. (CA, USA; PSY#18795)
PhD: Walden University (Student Psychology: Industrial and Organizational Psychology)
MA: Walden University (Mental Health Counseling)
BS: University of Maryland (Psychology)
Clinical Mental Health Care Certification (University of Maryland)