Our Team includes Ph.D. Student Interns, M.A. level Counselors, and Ph.D. level Psychologists.
Our therapists received their degrees and therapy training at top, prestigious U.S. universities such as Stanford, and have decades of cumulative therapy and counseling experience working with:
- individuals (children & adults)
- the military
We are trained to help you on issues of:
- relationships & marriage
- and other life challenges.
We have all lived in multiple countries, are aware of the challenges of doing so, and are eager to help.
Dr. Shani Robins, Ph.D.
U.S. Licensed Psychologist (CA, USA; PSY#18795)
Shani Robins, Ph.D. is a California Board Licensed Psychologist, has been providing clinical services for the last 15 years, and has worked with hundreds of individuals, couples, families, and organizations on challenges with anger, stress, anxiety, work & career, well-being, conflict resolution, and depression. He is an instructor at Stanford University where he teaches Wisdom Therapy in Stanford Medical School’s Health Improvement Program and Wisdom and Career with Meaning courses in Stanford’s Well-Being Program. He has also been the graduate university’s director of clinical training.
He has completed an NIMH Fellowship at UC Irvine, pioneered the field of Wisdom TherapyTM in 1998, and is the founder and president of the Wisdom Therapy Institute (www.wisdomtherapy.com). Dr. Robins also developed and was the administrator and program director of an adult day health care center that served several hundred seniors in the community. He is the author of many scientific journal articles and book chapters.
In addition to his research and clinical background, Dr. Robins has also been a corporate consultant for Fortune 100 companies and has given numerous talks and trainings nationally and internationally on the applications of Wisdom Therapy and Emotional Intelligence in the workplace, on stress reduction, anger management, conflict resolution, and productivity. Dr. Robins is an avid racquetball player and also enjoys playing chess and GO. He rollerblades, salsa dances, runs the occasional marathon, and strives to appreciate the simple things.
PhD: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB, 1996), Psychology
MA: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB, 1993), Psychology
BS: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 1989), Psychology
U.S. Licensed 18795 (CA Board of Psychology, USA, 2002)
I bring an integrative and practical approach to the therapy process, what I have come to call Wisdom Therapy. Wisdom improves well-being and success. Our relationships, health, work, and school, can be stressful or fulfilling. Wisdom skills are effective in these areas and can be learned sooner rather than later. Whereas less wise perspectives and decisions tend to lead to anger, arguments, anxiety, job loss, and hypertension.
Wisdom Therapy is an integration of best practices of both western psychological science such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Emotional Intelligence, with eastern best practices that have come to be evidenced-based in the United States such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Empathy & Compassion, Gratitude, Systems awareness, and Humility practices. Humanistic, Existential, and other therapy orientations are also very beneficial and are applied as needed. My approach aims to help you develop these wisdom skills through practice and apply them to your specific life challenges.
Gaining wisdom can take many decades of painful, costly mistakes. Wisdom Therapy is a scientifically established program that has identified these wisdom skills and the practical methods for learning them sooner rather than later.
Main Theoretical Approaches: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Systems Conceptualization, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Intelligence, Gratitude, Empathy/Compassion, Humility, Wisdom Therapy.
Hyungbum Kang, MA, MSW, LCSW, SUD-MAC
U.S. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (HI, USA; LCSW# 3684)
Hyungbum Kang, MA, MSW, LCSW, MAC., is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician in both the US and Korea.He was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. After graduating from Korea University in 1991, he moved to the United States.
He completed his first master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton in Sociology. He then received his MSW degree from Yonsei University. He also completed his addiction certificate course from California Southern University and post-baccalaureate degree from Fielding Graduate University in Clinical Psychology.
He received his clinical training in a variety of settings, including:
Behavioral Health Clinic in San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX
Army Community Center, USA IMCOM USAG Yongsan
Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center
Mr. Kang is also formerly an Adjunct Professor in the Behavioral Health Department at Antelope Valley College, in Lancaster, California.
Post-Baccalaureate Degree: Fielding Graduate University (2017, Clinical Psychology)
Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Certificate Course: California Southern University (2013, Master Addiction Counselor)
MSW: Yonsei University (2008, Social Work)
MA: California State University (2001, Sociology)
BS: Korea University (1991, English Literature)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Hawaii (HI#3684)
Certificate of Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse Counseling; Master Addition
Counselor (NCC AP: National Certification Counsel for Addiction Professional #510667)
Licensed Independent Social Worker (NM# I-07566)
대한 민국 보건 복지부, Professional Therapist License (정신 보건 전문 요원 자격증 #1000)
My primary approach to treatment is an integrated therapeutic modality. My treatment modalities are based on all four dimensions of bio-psycho-socio-cultural health.In the beginning of therapy with you, I will discuss with you your individualized treatment plan based on your priorities. Your treatment plan will be uniquely individualized and aligned with your specific needs.Providing this service for you will require me to bring all the resources from the bio-psycho-socio-cultural domains into your treatment plan to achieve your goals.
My therapeutic approach involves looking for the discrepancy between the unlimited dimension of the human mind and the reality that limits you in time and space. People in society have different perceptions so that according to their different perceptions, they formulate their opinions and set of behaviors. They defend their own theory of perception so that the science which sounds theoretically reasonable and proven comes to play its role. However, one’s perception is equivalent to neither the human mind nor the psychiatric world of the individual. You might be looking for the love from God. You might be looking for the spirit to challenge another dimension of your life. I look to expand the dimensions of variables related to scientifically proven therapeutic methods.
One of the reasons why I chose clinical psychology as my avenue for exploring the world of human perception is that the concept linking the expanded dimensions appears to be one of the important variables that need to be added to the understanding of human perception. Thus, with an unlimited and unrestricted perceptual world of the human mind I stand, ready to explore the variables of your life with unlimited and unimaginable possibilities with you.
I enjoy cooking and traveling. I have been planning to open my own restaurant for a long time, but I have not accomplished it yet. My specialty is Korean and Japanese foods. I am quite confident on the fusion of them. My best time is when I prepare food for my fiancé.
I go to the gym every other day. This habit has been present over 20 years, but she never joins me. I wish she did.
Psychological Therapy Interns
Jae Choi, M.A & M.Div.
Mental Health Counselor – Limited Permit (P09145)
Jae Choi was born and raised in Korea. He studied abroad New York in 2008. In 2012 he earned his Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Divinity from Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, New York. He worked as an ordained minister since then. He earned a master’s degree in pastoral counseling in 2017.
Jae worked as a mental health counselor for the center at Eastern Queens New York. In August 2018 he came back to Korea to work at the International Psychology and Counseling Center.
M.A.: Fordham University (2017, Pastoral Counseling)
M.A. & M.Div: Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (2012, Theology)
B.A.: Daejeon Catholic University (2008, Theology)
Certificate of Group Psychotherapist conferred by Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society 2018
Mental Health Counselor – Limited Permit (#P09145)
Certification of Psychotherapist, Queens New York (No. 3279944)
Jae Choi’s therapy approach is based on attachment theory. This theory posits that the emotional bond between the individual and caregiver is deeply significant in the human growth and development process. This applies not only to childhood but also to the entire life span. The formation of emotional bonds requires two basic roles of the caregiver: accessibility and responsiveness. The therapist’s role is to foster emotional bonds (i.e., a therapeutic relationship in clinical terms) in the relationship with the client.
Biological findings in contemporary research support attachment theory. When experiencing emotional bonds, the body provides oxytocin alleviating anxiety, while serotonin is released decreasing feelings of loneliness. In the therapeutic relationship with the therapist, the client may experience feeling less anxious and lonely. This is a significant condition to explore feelings, thought processes, and behaviors. In therapy, this condition allows the client to explore his/her own intrapsychic world and interpersonal relationships.
Jae Choi also strongly supports interpersonal therapy. His therapy is based on contemporary research on the human brain. Research in this area argues that the brain was developed through thousands of years of evolution based on social and relational experiences facilitating human survival. The more the client experiences being social and interpersonal, the more he/she may experience him/herself being trusting, loving, energetic, and hopeful.
As a therapist, Jae Choi not only assists his clients in learning healthy coping mechanisms to modify problematic behaviors, as this is not enough. Jae also assists his clients in facilitating current interpersonal relationships. By being open to oneself and to the therapist, the client is encouraged to be open to others.
In Jae’s help, his client learn to become aware of Gestalt processes (a German term meaning that the whole is larger than the sum of its parts) of being in the here and now. The process of awareness of wholeness assists the client in experiencing not only feelings of anxiety or loneliness but also other significant feelings, such as anger, contempt, guilt, shame, happiness, contentment, excitement, love, energy, and hopefulness. Expanding experience of various feelings help the client be curious to explore oneself and his/her relationships to others. This experience should be in a view of the here and now. Bringing the client to the present moment, the here and now, is also the main focus of Gestalt therapy. Experiencing being in the present moment with the therapist opens the client to integrate his/her Gestalt.
Jae Choi also believes that the therapist’s role facilitates the client’s own spirituality. Jae does not proselytize to any clients. As a therapist and minister, he believes that everyone has their own spirituality—even atheists have their own. Through this understanding, Jae believes that spirituality facilitates mental health. Contemporary research also finds that spiritual exercise alleviates negative activity in the limbic system (triggering anxiety) and increases serotonin and oxytocin decreasing loneliness and increases one’s ability of being calm and still. Based on the spiritual exercises of meditation and mindfulness, Jae helps clients find their own spirituality and enhances their spiritual exercises in life, so that the client may modify problematic behaviors and rediscover fullness in life.
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