Heather Soojin Falkner is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 97800). Soojin received her Masters in Counseling in 2013 from the University of Phoenix in San Diego and received her Bachelors from the University of Arizona in Economics. Her professional experience includes working with individuals in a community-based, short-term residential program and in an outpatient program working with severe and persistent mental health disorders. Working in the outpatient setting included experience working with individuals as well as their family and other support systems in areas of concern including severe mental illness, mood/anxiety disorders, co-occurring substance use disorders, personality disorders (e.g., conflicts in interpersonal relationships), life transitions, trauma, chronic pain, immigration and refugee histories, children, adolescents, and adults. Soojin has training in various therapy approaches including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-informed therapy (seeking safety), solution-focused therapy, crisis intervention, couples therapy, and family therapy.
Soojin has experience with establishing and implementing a modified Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program at the Douglas Young BPSR Wellness Center, trained and supported staff who provided DBT services at the center, and facilitated Community Research Foundation’s DBT workshop for the DBT champions at various CRF services lines. As a member of the PEP DBT team, Soojin provides comprehensive DBT to teens, adults, couples and families.
She has experience working with LGBTQIA community and is looking forward to increasing her skills and knowledge to better serve this population. She is a member of Personal Evolution Psychotherapy gender consultation team.
Soojin believes in creating a safe, authentic space to develop a working therapeutic relationship in order to collaboratively help individuals experience change and acceptance as steps towards living a more authentic self.