Mia attended the University of Washington where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in social work.
Mia has co-presented at attachment conferences on issues of adoption, foster care, attachment, child development, and the unrecognized trauma of abandonment. She has developed and facilitated social skills groups for children who are adopted and in foster care, and who are experiencing emotional and social challenges with family relationships, peer friendships, self esteem, and in forming a healthy identity.
Mia brings a unique and personal perspective and advocacy to her work and draws upon her experiences as an adoptee. Adopted from South Korea as a toddler, she was subsequently raised in a multicultural family. As a teen, Mia and her family received therapy through ATS.
She has experienced first-hand the emotional struggles, sense of displacement, fear of abandonment, and search for identity, culture and belonging that are so much a part of the lives of many of the children with whom she works.
Through her experiences, she has developed an intense understanding of the significant role of culture and self identity, and the benefit of family attachment therapy in the development of successful relationships.
Middle School Aged Children
High School Aged Children
Reactive Attachment Disorder