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 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.
Dr. Shani Robins, Ph.D.
U.S. Licensed Psychologist (CA, USA; PSY#18795)
Shani Robins, Ph.D. is a California Board Licensed Psychologist, has been providing clinical services for the last 15 years, and has worked with hundreds of individuals, couples, families, and organizations on challenges with anger, stress, anxiety, work & career, well-being, conflict resolution, and depression. He is an instructor at Stanford University where he teaches Wisdom Therapy in Stanford Medical School’s Health Improvement Program and Wisdom and Career with Meaning courses in Stanford’s Well-Being Program. He has also been the graduate university’s director of clinical training.
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)
I bring an integrative and practical approach to the therapy process, what I have come to call Wisdom Therapy. Wisdom improves well-being and success. Our relationships, health, work, and school, can be stressful or fulfilling. Wisdom skills are effective in these areas and can be learned sooner rather than later. Whereas less wise perspectives and decisions tend to lead to anger, arguments, anxiety, job loss, and hypertension.
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.
Hyungbum Kang, MA, MSW, LCSW, SUD-MAC
U.S. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (HI, USA; LCSW# 3684)
Hyungbum Kang, MA, MSW, LCSW, MAC., is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician in both the US and Korea.He was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. After graduating from Korea University in 1991, he moved to the United States.
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 primary approach to treatment is an integrated therapeutic modality. My treatment modalities are based on all four dimensions of bio-psycho-socio-cultural health.In the beginning of therapy with you, I will discuss with you your individualized treatment plan based on your priorities. Your treatment plan will be uniquely individualized and aligned with your specific needs.Providing this service for you will require me to bring all the resources from the bio-psycho-socio-cultural domains into your treatment plan to achieve your goals.
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 enjoy cooking and traveling. I have been planning to open my own restaurant for a long time, but I have not accomplished it yet. My specialty is Korean and Japanese foods. I am quite confident on the fusion of them. My best time is when I prepare food for my fiancé.
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)
Sungjoo, also known as SJ, is a psychotherapist trained in the UK and Canada and licensed in Ontario. He was born and raised in Seoul for the first 8 years of his life before moving to London, England with his family. There, he finished high school, university and received his first masters degree. He then spent two years in Toronto, Canada to complete his psychotherapist training.
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)
The key word for me that informs my approach is integration. I believe in the transformative power of psychotherapy because of how it has impacted and supported my own life journey as well as those of my clients. The word therapist I carry in my title is not honorific. If I am to remain a committed student of this fascinating, ever-evolving field and I must remain a full participant of my own life, and to never stop learning, and integrating the different truths we encounter on a daily basis.
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.
I love escaping into nature. My favorite place in the world is Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada, where I spent much of my late-twenties canoeing and camping on the lakes.
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)
Josephine Harris is a registered U.S. Psychological Intern and is working towards her Ph.D. at Walden University in the U.S. She was born and raised in Georgia and lived in different regions of America including Colorado, Hawaii, California, Florida, South Carolina, and Mississippi. She has a Masters degree in General Psychology and a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Phoenix University. She works to empower individuals and families to overcome personal obstacles to improving their communication and relationships.
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)
Jae Choi, M.A & M.Div.
Mental Health Counselor – Limited Permit (P09145)
Jae Choi was born and raised in Korea. He studied abroad New York in 2008. In 2012 he earned his Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Divinity from Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, New York. He worked as an ordained minister since then. He earned a master’s degree in pastoral counseling in 2017.
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)
Jae Choi’s therapy approach is based on attachment theory. This theory posits that the emotional bond between the individual and caregiver is deeply significant in the human growth and development process. This applies not only to childhood but also to the entire life span. The formation of emotional bonds requires two basic roles of the caregiver: accessibility and responsiveness. The therapist’s role is to foster emotional bonds (i.e., a therapeutic relationship in clinical terms) in the relationship with the client.
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, Jae Choi not only assists his clients in learning healthy coping mechanisms to modify problematic behaviors, as this is not enough. Jae also assists his clients in facilitating current interpersonal relationships. By being open to oneself and to the therapist, the client is encouraged to be open to others.
In Jae’s help, his client 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 anger, contempt, guilt, 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. This experience should be in a view of the here and now. Bringing the client to the present moment, the here and now, 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 also 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. Through this understanding, Jae believes that spirituality facilitates mental health. Contemporary research also finds that spiritual exercise alleviates negative activity in 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.
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