Lena Kim Kwong is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) serving the community of Los Angeles through individual, couples, and family therapy. Lena obtained both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communications and Masters degree in Counseling Psychology at Boston College.
Lena’s experience encompasses a wide array of settings, including college counseling centers, an inpatient hospital for the treatment of eating disorders, and community mental health clinics such as The Help Group and Azusa Pacific University’s Community Counseling Center. Her experience includes working with diverse populations addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, acculturation, spirituality, and grief and loss. With a special interest in self-esteem building work, Lena has also led groups aimed at assisting individuals strengthen feelings of confidence and competence and has provided individual therapy to survivors of domestic violence, all of which have contributed to her focus on providing culturally-sensitive therapy in a safe and nonjudgmental environment
As a marriage and family therapist, Lena understands the immense value that relationships bring to an individual’s life. She has focused much of her training on helping couples and families improve the quality of their relationships by identifying their strengths while simultaneously exploring opportunities for growth, and providing practical skills such as healthy communication and problem-solving. As a trained facilitator for Prepare/Enrich, a program which utilizes an assessment customized to help partners in couples therapy and premarital counseling, Lena is also able to provide couples direct and relevant feedback pertaining to their unique strengths and differences.
Lena works from a collaborative standpoint, partnering with her clients to explore areas of pain from past experiences, confront and resolve current challenges, and develop a healthy and hopeful outlook for the future. Utilizing a cognitive and emotion-focused approach, her emphasis is to help clients tap into their inner strengths and resources in order to fulfill meaningful and satisfying relationships with themselves and with others.