Meet Soo-kyung Rennert, MS
Effective therapy requires a therapeutic alliance, or cooperative working relationship established through mutual respect and trust. I am committed to developing this alliance and trust through active listening, validation, client-centered focus, as well as collaborative documentation and diagnosis.
Remaining true to key tenets of narrative therapy, I believe each individual is the expert of their own life and experiences. There are also benefits to challenging unhealthy internal dominant narratives, as well as externalizing and shifting emphasis from individual to collaborative experiences. I enjoy helping others empower, and rewrite, their narrative in ways that are individually and culturally meaningful to them.
I specialize in working with youth, adolescent, and young adults; life stage development and transitions; gender and sexual health; LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities; adoptee and foster care; individuals and groups impacted by the prison industrial complex; and cultural identity development. Subsequently, I am very familiar with supporting individuals through PTSD, anxiety, depression, unhealthy attachment, insecure identity development, disrupted family systems, as well as gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia.
I believe my own lived experiences and intersecting identities offer a unique perspective and empathy for others. Post-undergrad and pre-grad, I was on my way to becoming a lawyer. Macro, I have always wanted to serve “at-risk” young people. Micro, I had decided that youth in the legal system without stable family support may “need the most help”. Then I was asked a life changing question. “Could it be better to keep ‘em out, rather than fish ‘em out?” With this realization, I immediately changed my focus from becoming a legal counselor and advisor, to a clinical counselor and mentor.
I am a post-master’s mental health provider with a BA in Psychology and an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am working towards a Minnesota LPCC license under the supervision of Joan Hause, MA, MFA, LPCC. My general theoretical orientation is Relational Cultural Theory (RCT), a non-white Western, feminist influenced theory. RCT places relationships or connections at the core of human growth, and is beneficial to multicultural counseling. Other key concepts include: mutual empathy and mutual empowerment are the center of growth-fostering relationships; culture influences everything; vulnerability meets vulnerability; and boundaries are a safe place of meeting, not division.
What do I do when I am not providing therapy? I enjoy spending time with family, walking my fur babies Pepper and Oni (yes, the dogs' names together is Pepperoni), and crocheting nearly anything fibrous. I am passionate about social justice, being active in my community, and serving marginalized populations. I also appreciate genuine human interactions, frontline workers, and living in Minnesota.
Insurance I can take: Aetna, America's PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health EZ, Hennepin Health, Health Partners (MA Plans), Medicaid (MA), Preferred One, and UCare.
I can also take: Private Pay and Health Savings Accounts.
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Soo-kyung Rennert, MS CMHC