Get to Know Me
A licensed professional offering therapeutic services in both English and Korean.
I am a 2nd generation Korean-American born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I have a keen sensitivity and competence around cross-cultural and immigration issues, as well as awareness around the intersections between historical, intergenerational, societal and personal trauma.
I am also a drama therapist, which means that, when appropriate, I sometimes use embodied, expressive, and interactive methods and processes in an attuned and playful manner to help us to instigate change, reach your goals and create a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Professional Background & Qualifications
Aileen B. Cho earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology & Drama Therapy (Marriage & Family Therapist Track) from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She earned her B.A. in Theatre (Area of Focus in Psychology) from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Aileen has received California-certified training to work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and has experience working as a crisis hotline counselor and Korean interpreter in a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter and resource center in Los Angeles, CA. Her other clinical experiences include training and working in community mental health, veteran affairs, middle school and high school settings. She is a past member of the Korean American Psychological Association (KAPA). Aileen continues to receive ongoing training in Trauma-Centered Psychotherapy and receives consultation with the Post-Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT.
Aileen also teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Master's Level Drama Therapy Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #93246
Aileen is a member of the member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the San Francisco California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (SFCAMFT).
Registered Drama Therapist #555 / Board Certified Trainer #142
Aileen is a member of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) (www.nadta.org). As a Board Certified Trainer in drama therapy, she is qualified to organize/conduct academic courses, train/supervise the education of Alternative Route Trainees and guide/mentor the development of new drama therapists from learning the fundamentals of drama therapy to assuming a professional identity through their training towards their RDT (Registered Drama Therapist) certification. Aileen has been the director of Theatre for Change at the Drama Therapy Program department at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) directing social justice theater and continues to direct Self-Revelatory Performances.
Developmental Transformations (DvT) Practitioner #49
Developmental Transformations (DvT) involves the continuous transformation of embodied encounters in a playspace. Aileen is a Level 1 training advisor of the iWest Institute in San Francisco. (http://primediscrepancy.wixsite.com/dvt40)
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist
Aileen has a wide experience working with both adolescent and adult individuals, groups, and families in residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment programs for eating disorders and co-occuring disorders all around the Bay Area and Southern California. She has been the Program Director at Center for Discovery in Menlo Park, a residential treatment program for children, adolescents, and teens ages 10 to 19 with eating disorders. Aileen is a member of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Aileen is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) and has provided in-service trainings, consultation and outreach on eating disorders for the following sites: Living Arts Counseling Center, Epiphany Center, UCSF Trauma Recovery Center, Korea Daily Times, and the Process Therapy Institute. Aileen currently works as a Mental Health Specialist at the Sutter Health: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Herrick Campus) on the Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (Eating Disorder & General Psych) and as a Per Diem Psychotherapist at the Adult Outpatient Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program.