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Sharon Kwon, ACSW

Rate: $150 for individual and relationship therapy

Insurance: Can provide a superbill for PPO plans

Sliding scale: Sliding scale Availability: Not at this time

Specialties: anxiety, trauma, EMDR therapy, relationships, BIPOC, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ affirming therapy, spirituality, therapy in Korean

Navigating difficult family dynamics for young adults

We are now a year into the pandemic, with no definite end in sight. You moved back in with your parents to do the responsible thing, save money, and be near your family. Being back in your childhood home feels familiar and also foreign now that you’ve spent some time away. It takes some getting used to at first, but eventually you fall back into the routine of your family dynamics and the feelings you’ve tried to run away from all this time start to come back – frustration, guilt, isolation, fear, dread, and worry. 

You wonder when these feelings will subside and this will all end, but soon you come to realize that these feelings were buried deep inside you even before the pandemic – only you can’t distract yourself like you used to.  

Without former ways of coping such as traveling and socializing with friends, most days you’re left with sinking feelings of despair and hopelessness. You feel lonelier and more lost than ever before and it seems impossible to move forward when there is so much uncertainty in the air.

The great thing is you’re not alone and you don’t have to go through this by yourself, although you’re probably used to having to do it all on your own.  

Therapy for BIPOC and Immigrants 

The life of an immigrant or child of an immigrant is a tough one – you’re probably used to taking on extra responsibilities and having to wear many hats as your family’s translator, caretaker, and maybe even their therapist. These are common burdens for immigrants that you may feel like you don’t have any choice but to carry with you throughout your life. 

As a 1.5 generation Korean American immigrant, I work mostly with BIPOC and immigrant populations.  I use a family systems approach in my therapy because I’ve found that family is at the heart of immigrant communities. 

There is a fine line between collectivism and codependency that immigrant families often dance between – I struggled with this myself and hope to help other adult children of immigrants find a balance between collective and individualistic ideals that work for them.  

I like to work backwards, starting from childhood back to the present. Oftentimes immigrant children are unaware of all the trauma they’ve had to endure, especially when so much of it is intergenerational and normalized not only in their families but also within their culture of origin. 

Hi, I’m Sharon

I can help you with the tools you need to identify and set boundaries, communicate effectively, and cultivate healthy relationships. I take on a holistic approach to therapy, honing in on not just the mind, but also the body and the soul. 

That feeling of irritability, hypervigilance, and sensitivity to others’ moods and behaviors takes a toll on the body and the nervous system.  Many children of immigrants are unaware of these kinds of trauma responses. 

As a certified yoga teacher, I incorporate elements of mindfulness and deep breathing exercises to provide you with the tools you need to self-regulate and calm the body.

Therapy with me “How it works”

I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients process traumatic memories and experiences.  Trauma can get stuck in the body and create blocks in the mind that alter your optimal mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Through EMDR processing, I can help you remove these blocks and heal from these deep wounds that prevent you from living your best life. 

I also like to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to target negative automatic thoughts and challenge cognitive distortions contributing to anxiety, depression, and unhealthy behavior. 

Through a combination of EMDR, CBT,  trauma-informed talk therapy, and mindfulness, my goal is to uncover your negative core beliefs and guide you in reframing them into more positive, realistic affirmations to influence your behaviors and feelings.

They say it takes six months to build a habit.  

My hope is to guide you in undoing decades of faulty programming and wiring in the brain that were formed out of survival, and instead teach you positive coping skills and new modes of thinking because although you can’t change people and situations, you can change the way you see and understand them.  

My ultimate goal as a therapist is to help you unlock your fullest potential and live the life that you want and deserve.

I currently offer individual, family, and couples therapy in English and Korean. 한국어 상담 가능합니다.

Don’t hesitate to contact me to schedule a free consultation session and to see if we are a good fit for working together.

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