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Pat Soon, MA, LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and State Approved Supervisor in Washington state. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Seattle University. I worked in Healthcare while I went to graduate school. I have a Master of Education in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders and a Master of Counseling degree in Counseling.
Both graduate degrees are from Seattle University. I have 20 years of experience in providing psychotherapy and supervision in the Community Mental Health setting. I have worked with Adults with developmental disabilities, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQIA, older adults, adults exploring their gender identity, adults with depression and anxiety.
I am trained in an eclectic approach to counseling. As a result, I use a variety of techniques including Cognitive-Behavioral, Person Centered, Humanistic, Mindfulness, some EMDR, and East- West techniques. I also can incorporate spirituality and/or yoga techniques, if you so desire. I aim to develop a balance of mind-body-spirit and I discuss from time to time the mind-body connection. My therapeutic orientation is Person Centered, nondirective. I work with adults from ages 18 and up.
I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i. I am 3rd generation Asian Pacific American (Chinese and Korean). While Hakaa Chinese, Cantonese and Korean was spoken in my home, English is the only language I speak. Traditional Chinese and Korean cultures as well as the Hawaiian culture was practiced while I was growing up. I left Hawai’I when I was 18 and came to the Continental US to go to college. This was a tremendous culture shock for me. I felt helpless and I had to relearn how to do things and communicate. I learned firsthand the difficulty of cultural adjustment. In addition to this, I had to learn how to cope with having a learning disability and attention deficit. This experience has made a significant impact on me and how I work with clients and provide psychotherapy, especially for underprivileged groups. Culturally, I am a 3rd generation Asian Pacific American (Chinese-Korean from Hawai’i), Gay, Gender fluid, Non-binary therapist of Color.
Areas of Focus
Issues in counseling that I work with include: anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA issues, gender issues, gender exploration, gender dysphoria, ADD in adults, coping with disabilities, coping with chronic illness, cultural adjustment, discrimination, anti-oppression issues, immigrant and refugee issues, aging issues. Minority identity issues, multicultural issues, chronic pain, life transitions.