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Kei Lee (MS, LMSW)

Psychotherapist— Adult Individual & Couples Counseling / Children and/or Families

Ms. Lee is an English and Japanese bilingual psychotherapist.

While taking a client-centered approach, Kei utilizes the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model, self-compassion, mindfulness, and positive psychology for her clinical work. While learning coping strategies and understanding therapeutic concepts are important, what Kei hopes a client gains from therapy is empathy for self.

She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and family settings. By using her own multicultural experiences, she is able to work with clients from diverse backgrounds and in unique situations.

Kei earned her master’s degree of Social Work from Columbia University in New York, New York. She has been a mental health provider in the US, Canada, and Japan.

In her free time, Kei enjoys trying out new recipes and baking sweets: cupcakes, cookies, and cakes. She also loves being active and enjoys practicing yoga, weight training, and long-distance running.

Key Concepts: client-centered approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, self-compassion, mindfulness, positive psychology, empathy for self, children, adolescents, adults, individual, family, multicultural, mental health provider.

o Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) that has a solution-oriented approach and aims to help process patient struggles from both a cognitive and behavioral perspective. The goal of CBT is to address negative thoughts (cognitive) or behaviors (behavioral) that are causing distress and focus on encouraging practical steps toward solving the problem at hand while tackling the anxiety that it may be causing. The basis of CBT rests on the idea that thoughts and feelings are what influence behaviors.

o Self-Compassion: an approach to viewing ourselves that involves giving ourselves the same level of compassion that we would give to those around us. As humans, it is inevitable that we make mistakes. By recognizing our needs and caring for them as we would with others, we begin to develop skills to accept these mistakes we make and to move on from them without attacking ourselves.

o Mindfulness: a set of practices based in meditation that centers on bringing attention to the present moment, independent of both the past and the future. The goal is to become aware of thoughts as they arise but not attach judgement to them—noticing thoughts in this way may help reduce anxiety and stress surrounding them.

o Positive Psychology: an approach that places focus on the positive aspects of life rather than the negative aspects. Honing in on positive traits and strengths we have within ourselves or on positive experiences we live through can help develop a renewed mindset towards life and improve our general mental wellbeing.