Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York (LMHC)
Licensed Professional in New Jersey (LPC)
M.A. Mental Health Counseling, Columbia University
Ed.M School Counseling, Columbia University
B.S Psychology, Lehman College
Korean American Behavioral Health Association
Current & Past Experiences
New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center
Cardinal McCloskey Social Services
Dean Hope Center for Psychological Services
I offer 45-mins Individual counseling which is one-on-one therapy focused in providing clients with nonjudgemental, safe, and confidential environment to explore individuals feelings, beliefs and behaviors. As we are a complex being, I focus on providing holistic approach combined with cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT) in individual therapy to work through challenging experiences, identify aspects of lives that you would like to change, set personal goals and work towards in promoting well balanced life.
Did you know that group counseling really work? Individuals coming together to work on a common problem is as effective as individual therapy. The benefits are following:
1. Realize you're not alone
2. Give/Receive support
3. Cultivate compassion
4. Gain inner comfort and find your voice
Stay tuned for our upcoming support group.
I HAVE EXPERIENCE TREATING:
Difficulty managing emotions
Self esteem Issues
Integration of Mind/Body/Spirit
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Family System Therapy
the room of grace
For quite a while, I thought about what would be a good therapeutic approach for my private practice. I didn’t simply come up with “The Room of Grace” because it has my name in it (surprise!). The name actually echoes my personal journey as a counselor, and it reflects the nature of counseling I promote to provide for my clients.
The book which inspired the approach of my private practice is entitled, The Cure by John Lynch. At the beginning of the chapter, the book talks about a man who enters “The Room of Good Intentions” and “The Room of Grace.” When he first enters “The Room of Good Intentions,” he quickly finds that the people have good intentions but are pretentious, cold, and judgmental perfectionists hiding under their masks. He feels uncomfortable, unwelcome and immediately leaves the room to enter “The Room of Grace” where everyone's masks are removed. He is then greeted by a host who welcomes him with an open arms. The host says, “We all have issues. We’ve all made mistakes, and we’re all welcome here in the Room of Grace.” The man is confused, yet finds comfort in the chaperon's openness and vulnerability about being imperfect and flawed. Throughout the interactions, The man experiences acceptance, freedom, and restoration in “The Room of Grace,” where he is able to remove his own mask. He connects with his inner brokenness and finds comfort in his authentic self. He feels accepted and connected with others in the room and describes the host’s act of grace as described, “He puts his hands on my shoulders, staring into my eyes. No disappointment. No condemnation. Only delight. Only love. He stays right there in the moment until he’s certain his love has been completely communicated and received (pg.22).”
We fear being vulnerable.
We run from difficult feelings and situations.
We seek the approval of others.
We feel ashamed of our emotional baggage.
Worst part is, we often try to hide these under our mask because of shame, fear, anxiety, and grief. But hiding in shame only makes us feel worse about ourselves with isolation, emptiness, and a sense of self-hatred. "When you are wearing a mask, only your mask gets loved" as the author John Lynch describes in the text.
In my practice; in the room of grace, I support my clients to feel accepted, validated with no judgement, and without condemnation. In order to promote healing, growth, and connections, I sit through difficult emotions until self-acceptance and self-compassion is communicated and received in a safe space. This therapy process is not always easy, often times if feels worse before it feels better. According to Brene Brown, Vulnerability is defined as "uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure, but it is also the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creative." I will walk with you through the difficult journey where you will be challenged to courageously remove your mask and find comfort in self-acceptance. In this way, you will find inner wisdom, resiliency & strengths that may bring a sense of freedom, liberation, connection to self and others. “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength” Sigmund Freud.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in New York. I received training from Columbia University and have worked with adults experiencing a wide range of challenges, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family problem, racial/cultural issues, acculturation, life transitions, grief and loss. I provide Integrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and CBT therapy to promote wholeness and healthy balanced life. I believe in collaborative therapeutic relationship and mix of styles that are best suited to meet your needs. My therapy approach involves active and directive approach but modulate according to individuals needs with empathy. I understand individuals limitations and barriers, and strive to identify clients own accessible resources to strengthen the level of functioning and to live wholeheartedly.
To those who knock on The Room of Grace: Take a courageous step forward in the journey of healing and growth.
You are welcome here. Welcome to The Room of Grace!
Grace Suh, Licensed Mental Health Counselor