Isabel completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Portland Bible College and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Northwest University. Isabel is a licensed mental health counselor associate (MC 61009620) with WA State and is working towards her full licensure as an LMHC. She provides mental health counseling from a Biblical perspective while integrating evidence-based and clinically effective therapy for teens and adults.
Isabel's counseling and ministry experience primarily consists of working with teens and young adults. Before becoming a mental health counselor, she served as a children's teacher and pastor at a Korean American church and completed her counseling internship at a Christian alternative high school working with at-risk teens. She is passionate about empowering youth and young adults through education and counseling while nurturing them into a thriving life in Christ. Her training is focused on theology, the Bible, and counseling.
Isabel specializes in working with teens and women as they navigate towards healing and wholeness. As a 2nd generation Korean American, she has a special heart for 1.5 and 2nd generation Asian Americans and the unique, intergenerational cultural complexities and struggles they may face. She is fluent in English and conversational in Korean.
Isabel uses a trauma-informed, family systems and psychodynamic theoretical approach to help individuals gain insights from their past traumas and family of origin dynamics so that they can increase the tools they have to navigate forward in life. She uses an integrative approach to meet the needs of each individual, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) with Biblical truths and principles to help individuals struggling with their anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and relational difficulties.
Isabel's counseling style is warm and relational, as she believes that the most effective counseling, healing, and growth happens in the context of a trustworthy and loving relationship.