Rina Jun, MA, LMFT, MHP
As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I work with individuals, couples (married or not), and families of diverse backgrounds. Given the different types of mental health professions that exist, some people might wonder what distinguishes Marriage and Family Therapy. MFTs can be viewed as relationship experts, which is why I consider myself a "relational psychotherapist." Exploring the relationships we have with ourselves, other people, and our surroundings is my passion.
I have experience serving teens, individuals, couples, and families in community mental health, school, and military settings.
Upholding a "systemic" perspective, I view my clients as part of a rich, intricate web that connects them to other people, places, things, and ideas. We may address how your relationships have influenced the expectations and assumptions you have been using to navigate this world and how you perceive your past, present, and future. Conversations about culture will naturally take place because themes such as age, gender, religion, race, sexual orientation, and being differently abled often add layers of complexity to our problems and solutions.
Additionally, I prefer to view therapy as a brainstorming session during which we take a fresh look at the landscape of your life, acknowledge and develop your strengths, and explore more helpful options of being you. While I always tailor my techniques to meet my clients' unique needs, I tend to identify with the following areas of talk therapy:
-Existential Psychotherapy (deals with anxiety in the face of life, death, isolation, and freedom--all the fun stuff!)
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (addresses how thoughts, emotions, and actions interact)
-Experiential Therapy (focuses on the importance of emotional expression)
-Narrative Therapy (you rewrite your story or "narrative")
Additionally, I heavily incorporate positive communication skills, radical acceptance (letting go of things we can't control), and mindfulness (paying close attention to the present moment without judgment).
The world--and many of its inhabitants--can often be scary and unforgiving. For this reason, promoting a sense of safety and purpose in the therapy room is my top priority. Because I see you as the expert on your life, I will regularly request your feedback about the effectiveness of my services and what I can do to be more helpful.
Existential psychotherapist Irvin Yalom sees the therapist as a "fellow traveler" through life. While I cannot tell you what you should do, I will walk beside you as you learn to have more compassion for yourself and others and find more helpful ways of handling life's challenges during and beyond therapy--in the fewest number of sessions possible.