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Dr. Kwon graduated from Korea’s Sookmyung Women's University in the Department of Child Welfare and Studies with Masters degree in Child Counseling. She studied under Dr. Jae Yeon Lee. Dr. Kwon earned Ph.D. degree in Counseling and minor in Psychology at the University of North Texas. At that time, She studied under Dr. Garry Landreth, internationally known for Child Centered Play Therapy.

Dr. Kwon has worked with traumatized children and their families who experienced complex trauma. She has provided training for trauma specialists, educators, and social workers to enhance their proficiency and capacity to work more competently with traumatized children and their families in Korea and United States. She has also provided parent education in Korea and United States on diverse topics on play therapy, filial therapy/family play therapy, sand play therapy, childhood traumatic stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), brain development, parental self-regulation, parenting skills, bullying, parental self-care, anger management, effective communication, attachment, behavioral problems, adjustment issues, and so on.

She has 6 publications predominately related to play therapy and filial/family play therapy, including a book on play therapy supervision in Korean for mental health professionals. Dr. Kwon’s interest are focused on play therapy, clinical supervision, attachment, childhood traumatic stress, PTSD, brain development, and parent education and training.

Dr. Kwon has been working over 20 years as an educator, psychotherapist, child and family advocator, and clinical supervisor in Korea, Texas, Maryland, and Virginia. In the past 10 years, in addition to psychotherapy and parent education provided for traumatized children and families at the Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute, she also provided mental health care professionals with education, clinical training and supervision as a faculty of the Trauma Training Academy at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Kwon also serves as a professional editor at the Korean Association for Play Therapy since 2012.

Currently, Dr. Kwon is the director and psychotherapist at the HopeSpring Child & Family Clinic, LLC. She continues to provide psychotherapy and parent education for the children and families as well as conducting workshops, clinical training, and supervision for the professional psychotherapists in Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Dr. Kwon is National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) Therapist, Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Board Approved Supervisor in Clinical Professional Counseling in Virginia and Maryland, and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S). Dr. Kwon's psychotherapy approach is an integrated psychotherapy based on diverse treatments, such as Carl Rogers' Person Centered Psychotherapy, Alfred Adler’s Individual Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused/Informed Psychotherapy, and Expressive Arts Psychotherapy.