Kelly Koh, LCSW

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I never go out of my way to write a review but given my strikingly traumatic experience with Kelly Koh I felt that I had to share my experience -- not for venting purposes, but to prevent future potential patients from enduring a similarly horrible experience.

When I first consulted with Kelly over the phone she asked my reasons for seeking family therapy. After explaining to her that I was seeking a safe environment to voice my opinions of past childhood abuse, as well as my current frustrations within the family dynamic, Kelly immediately began to psychoanalyze the situation and insinuated that I was not being understanding of the other parties involved. I was rather alarmed with the wild assumption and explained to Kelly that I was seeking her help specifically to help my Korean-born parents, who had never experienced therapy, feel more comfortable. Kelly also did not express any sign of sympathy or understanding as I revealed intimate details about my past and, instead, countered with antagonizing remarks that made me feel like I had to justify everything I was saying. My gut feeling after the combative and painfully awkward phone consultation was that Kelly would not be the kind of open and objective therapist I would be needing. But given that there are so few Korean-speaking therapists in the Bay Area, I decided to give her a second shot. However, my gut feeling was correct because the in-person session with Kelly was even more aggravating, unprofessional, and traumatic.

When I went in for the first session, I explained to Kelly that I was seeking a therapist who could facilitate a conversation where I could safely voice my opinions and my parents to express theirs, with the ultimate goal of letting go of the anger of my abusive past and begin the process of forgiveness. Kelly's immediate response was that this goal was not truly achievable because my need to voice my opinions was a sign that I needed something from my parents. She the continued to tell me that I had unrealistic expectations and that the presence of frustration and anger towards the past was a sign that I was "mirroring" characteristics of my abuser. The next thirty minutes of the session was spent arguing back-and-forth where I continued to explain my actual and honest intentions for seeking therapy, and Kelly telling me that they were not as honest as I was saying. Towards the end of the session, she even said that I had a hidden expectation for calling her for therapy. She attempted to rationalize this with an example of a former patient of hers -- who is also Korean -- and how that patient had sought her out with an expectation that Kelly would side with her over her white boyfriend. This assumption was so bogus and off-the-wall that I finally told her point-blank that I was frustrated with her because she was making wild assumptions. She was inaccurately telling me that I had hidden agendas and expectations when I honestly had none. She was using such antagonizing language and applying psychological philosophies -- all of which I have come to understand and appreciate with my former therapists in Los Angeles -- in ways that were so far-off, inaccurate, and potentially damaging for those patients new to the therapy process. Not to mention, Kelly raised her voice at me several times throughout the conversation. Overall, I left the session feeling worse than I had come in. I felt so flustered and misunderstood that I had to walk around the block several times just to shake off the negative energy of Kelly Koh.

Again, I write this review with no intention of ill-intent, but to caution those who are truly in need of counseling from going to Kelly Koh who conducts her sessions in a very combative and unprofessional manner. The potential for Kelly to mislead patients with her very skewed analyses, frustrate them with her inability to sympathize, or traumatize them by potentially calling them "mirrors" of their abusers, is much too great.

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I never go out of my way to write a review but given my strikingly traumatic experience with Kelly Koh I felt that I had to share my experience -- not for venting purposes, but to prevent future potential patients from enduring a similarly horrible experience.

When I first consulted with Kelly over the phone she asked my reasons for seeking family therapy. After explaining to her that I was seeking a safe environment to voice my opinions of past childhood abuse, as well as my current frustrations within the family dynamic, Kelly immediately began to psychoanalyze the situation and insinuated that I was not being understanding of the other parties involved. I was rather alarmed with the wild assumption and explained to Kelly that I was seeking her help specifically to help my Korean-born parents, who had never experienced therapy, feel more comfortable. Kelly also did not express any sign of sympathy or understanding as I revealed intimate details about my past and, instead, countered with antagonizing remarks that made me feel like I had to justify everything I was saying. My gut feeling after the combative and painfully awkward phone consultation was that Kelly would not be the kind of open and objective therapist I would be needing. But given that there are so few Korean-speaking therapists in the Bay Area, I decided to give her a second shot. However, my gut feeling was correct because the in-person session with Kelly was even more aggravating, unprofessional, and traumatic.

When I went in for the first session, I explained to Kelly that I was seeking a therapist who could facilitate a conversation where I could safely voice my opinions and my parents to express theirs, with the ultimate goal of letting go of the anger of my abusive past and begin the process of forgiveness. Kelly's immediate response was that this goal was not truly achievable because my need to voice my opinions was a sign that I needed something from my parents. She the continued to tell me that I had unrealistic expectations and that the presence of frustration and anger towards the past was a sign that I was "mirroring" characteristics of my abuser. The next thirty minutes of the session was spent arguing back-and-forth where I continued to explain my actual and honest intentions for seeking therapy, and Kelly telling me that they were not as honest as I was saying. Towards the end of the session, she even said that I had a hidden expectation for calling her for therapy. She attempted to rationalize this with an example of a former patient of hers -- who is also Korean -- and how that patient had sought her out with an expectation that Kelly would side with her over her white boyfriend. This assumption was so bogus and off-the-wall that I finally told her point-blank that I was frustrated with her because she was making wild assumptions. She was inaccurately telling me that I had hidden agendas and expectations when I honestly had none. She was using such antagonizing language and applying psychological philosophies -- all of which I have come to understand and appreciate with my former therapists in Los Angeles -- in ways that were so far-off, inaccurate, and potentially damaging for those patients new to the therapy process. Not to mention, Kelly raised her voice at me several times throughout the conversation. Overall, I left the session feeling worse than I had come in. I felt so flustered and misunderstood that I had to walk around the block several times just to shake off the negative energy of Kelly Koh.

Again, I write this review with no intention of ill-intent, but to caution those who are truly in need of counseling from going to Kelly Koh who conducts her sessions in a very combative and unprofessional manner. The potential for Kelly to mislead patients with her very skewed analyses, frustrate them with her inability to sympathize, or traumatize them by potentially calling them "mirrors" of their abusers, is much too great.

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Kelly is an excellent therapist who has helped me navigate some of the most difficult transitions in my life. Very professional and very highly recommended!

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Kelly is an excellent therapist who has helped me navigate some of the most difficult transitions in my life. Very professional and very highly recommended!

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