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Education
  • University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI - Masters of Social Worker (MSW)

  • University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN - Bachelor of Arts (BA) Criminology

Speaking Engagements
  • 2019 Le Semana Culture Camp - Minnesota -“What makes talking about race and racism so hard? And why it is a required ongoing conversation for every transracial adoptive family? “

  • 2018 KAAN conference - Minneapolis, MN - “Post-adoption support in the United States”

  • 2017 IKAA/AKASF Conference in 2017 - San Francisco, CA - “Post-adoption support and healing power of art”

Hello, I'm Merrily!

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Identities: Cisgender, female, heterosexual, Korean born, transracial and transnational adoptee, able bodied, straight sized, Asian American therapist

Therapy Approaches

EMDR Certified, and framework rooted in a systems, relational and attachment principles while utilizing interventions from IFS, ego state, ACT, DBT, CBT, and somatic focused modalities. 

Licensure
  • State of California

  • State of Minnesota

Clinical Supervision
  • MN Board of Social Work -Board Approved Clinical Supervisor

Certifications
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My Story

My collaborative and culturally responsive approach to working with individuals involves creating a space for folks to feel empowered in their own unique experience of healing. Some key values that underpin my work include, but are not limited to, body liberation,  anti-oppression, inclusivity, and providing affirming care for LGBTQIA+2S/QTBIPOC individuals. As a social worker, I believe it is imperative to take action against and acknowledge the impact of systemic oppression on mental, emotional, and physical health.

Guided by principles of social justice, integrity, and recognizing the inherent dignity and worth of each person, I aspire to uphold these values in my practice. With over 15 years of experience as a clinical social worker, I have worked in various mental health settings, including community agencies, county mental health departments, the criminal justice system, child welfare, and college health. I also teach as an adjunct faculty member in a Masters of Social Work (MSW)  program at Augsburg University. Before my career in clinical social work, I spent several years in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, contributing to television, film, and theater production.

Outside of work, I find joy in running, exploring new places, spending quality time with friends and family, enjoying the company of my dog, reading, Korean BBQ, embracing continuous learning, and staying active in the outdoors.

Let's work together

Schedule a 15 minute consultation call with the team to talk more about working together by clicking "Book Now" below

or email us at hello@mindbalancementalhealth.com to learn more.

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