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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, 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

My Story

My collaborative and culturally responsive approach to working with clients revolves around creating personalized care plans tailored to each individual. Some key values that underpin my work include, but are not limited to, promoting body liberation, advocating for anti-racism, opposing oppression, fostering inclusivity, and providing affirming care for LGBTQIA+2S/QTBIPOC individuals.

As a social worker, I adhere to the NASW code of ethics, which emphasizes the imperative to take action against oppression, racism, discrimination, and inequities, while acknowledging personal privilege. The code also underscores the importance of cultural humility through self-reflection, recognizing clients as experts of their own culture, committing to continuous learning, and holding institutions accountable for advancing cultural humility.

Guided by principles of social justice, integrity, and recognizing the inherent dignity and worth of each person, I aspire to uphold these ethics 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 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, watching Kdramas, embracing continuous learning, and staying active in the outdoors.

Contact

If you are interested in working together, please contact me so we can schedule a 15 minute virtual consultation appointment. 

Telehealth for individuals in CA/MN

In-person for individuals in MN 

Hours: Tuesday-Fridays

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