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Whether you're visiting or seeking my services, I am honored to have you here. It takes a lot of courage to seek therapy or explore what therapy is about. You can find out a little bit more about who I am, the services I offer, and what I charge for those services. My goal is to provide a trusting, caring, and safe space for you to share and experience your feelings and concerns in a confidential manner. Then when you're ready, the journey towards healing begins. If you are interested in my services or have any questions, feel free to contact me at (512)-537-6991 or email me at shina.therapy@gmail.com and I will do my very best to respond to you as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing and working with you.

About Me


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice and I work with individuals and group psychotherapy. I am Korean-American, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). Shortly after, I completed my Masters in Social Work (MSSW) in the one year program at UT. "Hook 'em Horns!"

Growing up in a Korean household, I did not believe in "therapy" nor was I encouraged to "express my feelings or let others know of my problems." It was not until my MSSW final field internship at a psychiatric hospital that I saw the beauty, inspiration, and hope that therapy offered. I saw people struggling with pain, fear, hopelessness, and depression and with courage, sought help through therapy. From what I saw and experienced, therapy was a place for people to share their feelings openly, a place of comfort and validation, a place where you were allowed to be you, and a place of self discovery. Therapy helped bring acceptance, hope, love, growth, and change. I saw that therapy helped to heal; heal wounds, painful emotions, and memories that were hidden and buried from the past and included present. After being a part of these brave peoples' journeys and my own journey with therapy and EMDR, I fell in love with this process and whole-heartedly believe therapy works.

I have experience working with a diverse group of clients including adolescents, young adults, college students, and adults in behavioral & mental health, medical, and psychiatric settings. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Somatic Psychotherapy, and Strength Based Therapy models that identify and strengthen the client's own resources and core competencies.

I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and trained in FSAP (Feeling-State Addiction Protocol).

I have helped clients with a variety of concerns. I have experience and interest in the following areas: anxiety and depression, loss and grief, low self esteem, relationship struggles, life transitions, difficulty asserting self and setting limits, abuse, trauma/PTSD, and stress management.

I can speak Korean conversationally, however I am unable to conduct a session exclusively in Korean. But I am willing to work with you.

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EMDR



What is EMDR?

Emdr (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), developed by Dr. Francine Shaprio, is a research-supported, integrative psychotherapy approach designed to treat symptoms of trauma and posttraumatic stress. EMDR is a powerful therapeutic method, proven by many research studies to be highly effective and long-lasting and has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, PTSD, and many other emotional problems. EMDR can help resolve trauma and emotional distress faster than traditional talk therapy and utilizes the natural healing ability of your body.

Sometimes events happen in a person’s life and he/she struggles to finds a way to integrate and process that incident. One moment becomes “stuck or frozen in time,” and remembering an event that was overwhelming and/or traumatic may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, sensations, and feelings associated with that event have not changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people. Due to this experience, information is stored in separate areas of the brain, and when triggered, is experienced as intrusive thoughts, and/or feelings, flashbacks, nightmares, and other related symptoms and can cause a person great emotional distress and can lead to distressing symptoms and behaviors.

EMDR Therapy helps facilitate the activation of the brain’s inherent system to process and integrate the information that got stored or stuck and helps reprocess these stuck pieces so that the symptoms can decrease. While EMDR cannot remove a problem caused by genetics or organic injury, the research indicates that even in these cases negative life experiences can exacerbate problems. When a person is held back from doing things he or she would like to do by feelings of insecurity, fear, anxiety, or unremitting sadness, or is pushed into doing things that are not useful — such as overreacting to people or situations — the reason can generally be found in the memory networks. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so after EMDR processing, clients generally report they can remember what happened, but it is less upsetting and they do not have the same emotional intensity or physiological symptoms that it may have previously been associated with the memory.

EMDR is effective not only for trauma, but has been shown to be successful in helping clients deal with the following issues as well: Addictive Behaviors, Depression and other mood disorders, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Loss and Grief, Anger, Emotional Eating, Stress Management, Performance Enhancement, Procrastination/avoidance behaviors, Self-esteem improvement, Childhood trauma, Overwhelming fears, Car accident, Natural Disaster, Illness, and Trouble sleeping.

For more information, you can check out www.emdr.com, www.emdria.org, and www.traumacenter.org.

 


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Austin Counseling Connection

3355 Bee Cave Road Suite 510

Austin, TX 78746