Pat Soon, MA, LMHC

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Phone: 206-708-7274
Email: southcenter@mindfultherapygroup.com

 

Pat Soon, MA, LMHC

My Background

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 first hand the difficulty of cultural adjustment. I 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.

 

Clinical Experience and Education

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 recently diagnosed with a chronic illness, Adults with developmental disabilities, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQIA, older adults, adults exploring their gender identity, adults with depression and anxiety. I am also a Yoga teacher, E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance.

Clinical Approach

I am trained in an electic approach to counseling. As a result, I use a variety of techniques including Cognitive-Behavioral, Person Centered, Humanistic, Mindfulness,  EMDR, and East- West techniques. I work with thoughts, emotions, body sensation and the breath. I work with the present moment. I use Vipassana meditation, body scans, guided meditation and EMDR to relieve symptoms. I also incorporate yoga t assist in the present moment experience. I aim to develop a balance of mind-body-spirit and I discuss  the mind-body connection in my sessions.  My therapeutic orientation is Person Centered, nondirective, Eastern perspective. I work with adults from ages 18 and up.

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 using Vipassana (Mindfulness) and EMDR, life transitions, simple trauma using EMDR and Vipassana, biracial/Mixed Race/Hapa identity issues.