Resident in Counseling
Dr. Park earned a Ph.D. degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Liberty University in 2010. At that time, Dr. Park was the recipient of the Jerry Falwell Scholarship. Dr. Park studied Fathering under Dr. Garzon and Dr. Appleby. Dr. Park recently graduated from Central Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Counseling.
Dr. Park has joined VIPCare in Richmond, VA as an associate staff (a pastoral counselor) and Resident in Counseling under the supervision of Dr. Denton and has worked with many adults with different backgrounds since 2020.
Dr. Park has worked with adults who are struggling with childhood trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, and spiritual issues. During doctoral internship supervised by Dr. Hye Jung Kim, MD at Cedarbrook Psychiatric Clinic in Rockville, MD. Dr. Park had also worked with many adolescents, young adults, and married couples with different backgrounds. Common issues among these various individual out-patients are as follows: ODD, Depression, Tourette Syndrome, Anxiety, ADHD, intellectual disability, acculturation discrepancies, and identity issues of college students. Dr. Park also led group counseling for Korean immigrant fathers who have adolescent children in Lynchburg, VA, and Dr. Park also worked with a youth spiritual mentoring group, supervised by Dr. Appleby & Dr. Pitts at Liberty University in 2008-2009.
Furthermore, Dr. Park has also taught graduate counseling classes as an adjunct professor for over 12 years at several graduate schools. Dr. Park had led a workshop on Clergy Self-care and mental health issues (“Preventing compassion fatigue during the COVID-19 Pandemic”). Dr. Park published an article on “Mental health is at stake in times of climate crisis!” in Korea Christianity Daily. Dr. Park translated a book titled “Broken chains: Freedom from unwanted habits and addictions” by Grubbs, F. M. into Korean titled “Joongdog-e-seo Jayou-ro-wo-jirye-myun” in 2021.
Dr. Park is an LPC-R (Resident in Counseling) who provides individual therapy for all ages and family therapy and is bilingual in both Korean and English. Dr. Park utilizes an eclectic approach that draws on multiple theories and techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), REBT, solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), family system theory, client-centered therapy, integrating spirituality, etc. Dr. Park believes that counseling is about focusing and understanding the client’s beliefs. Therefore, Dr. Park tries to understand a client’s issue and understand that issue within the context of the person’s belief system. Dr. Park also believes that being accepting, understanding, and listening are few of the most important skills as a counselor. Therefore, Dr. Park tries to connect with clients on a more personal level using interpersonal skills such as listening, responding, asking thoughtful questions, being curious and attentive, inquiring respectfully about history, being accepting and attentive to views and feelings, and overall showing empathy to see the clients’ world like how the client sees it.