Helena Choi SoholmClinical Psychology Student
Two years into her doctoral studies elsewhere, Helena Choi Soholm knew something was missing from her education and training. She yearned to explore and discover more complex and sophisticated ways of knowing, being, and healing beyond what her traditional doctoral program offered.
She found what she wanted at Saybrook. Helena, who plans to pursue licensure as a psychologist in her home state, transferred here to enjoy our unique curriculum and the flexibility of online/blended learning.
"At Saybrook, I found the freedom to think beyond the standard approach. Faculty members actively encourage students to think critically and deeply about the subject matter, not just passively absorb what has been written and said about a specific issue."
Originally from South Korea, Helena grew up in the Seattle area, and returned there after receiving her Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University in 2002.
While working for the Seattle Art Museum, she became interested in pursuing a career in psychology, completing a second master's degree in existential-phenomenological psychology at Seattle University in 2007. Helena says Saybrook's PhD program in Clinical Psychology was a natural next step.
“Saybrook allows me to study alternative ways of viewing the human being and the world as well as learning about
healing methods that may not always fit into the western scientific or empirical method.”
Helena is a licensed mental health counselor and has recently started a private practice serving Asian clients in the Seattle area, offering therapy in both Korean and English. As an immigrant, she enjoys working with issues of culture and identity. After receiving her PhD (projected for 2015), she plans to work internationally.