Sharon Kwon, MSW
Teen, Adult & Family Therapist
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. 한국어 상담 가능합니다.
Language: English & Korean
Sliding Scale: Not at this time
Insurance: Can provide a superbill for PPO plans
Accepting New Clients: Yes
- Anxiety & Stress Management
- Creatives & Highly Sensitive Person
- Faith and Spirituality
- Trauma & PTSD
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.
Navigating difficult family dynamics for young adults
You love and care about your parents and family members. You always wanted to be accepted by them and make them feel proud. However, the relationship dynamics with them have been filled with endless ups and downs. It has never been easy, and no matter how hard you try, the feelings of frustration, guilt, isolation, fear, dread, and worry come back as you try to make things work with your parents, siblings, and other family members.
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 – only you can’t distract yourself anymore.
These difficult family dynamics are something many children of immigrants, Asian and Asian American, BIPOC often experience. 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 Asian, Asian American, 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 backward, 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.
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.
I currently offer individual, family, and couples therapy in English and Korean. 한국어 상담 가능합니다.
My ultimate goal as a therapist is to help you unlock your fullest potential and live the life that you want and deserve. Don’t hesitate to contact me to schedule a free consultation session and to see if we are a good fit for working together.
Registered California Board of Behavioral Sciences Number: ACSW 95826
Supervised by Nadia Islam, LCSW 24725