Bridget's bio here.
Mr. Kwak moved to Wilmington from Baltimore in the fall of 2018. He was the Clinical and Administrative Director of the Maryland Physician Health Program for over 12 years where he worked with physicians and other health care providers with issues such as mental health, stress, distressed-behavioral issues, substance use disorder, and other problems that may impact their abilities to practice medicine in a competent and professional manner. Mr. Kwak has been recognized as a national expert in the field of Physician Health.
Mr. Kwak received his training at Johns Hopkins Hospital/University where he worked with a diverse population including faculty, staff, and students of Johns Hopkins where he also served as the Workplace Violence Protocol coordinator. Prior to that, he worked as a psychotherapist at Johns Hopkins Community Psychiatry Program where he worked with individuals with chronic, severe and persistent mental illness.
Mr. Kwak received his MSW in clinical social work from the University of Maryland and 2-year post-graduate advanced psychoanalytic training from the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. As an instructor and a presenter, he has lectured on working with “difficult patients” and has presented multiple Grand Rounds on the topic of Physician Health. While psycho-dynamically oriented, he has experience in CBT and solution-focused approaches. Mr. Kwak is intuitive, insightful and easily relates to others in an open and empathetic manner. His approach is to be transparent, honest, direct with clients, and the most important focus being result-oriented treatment
The guiding principle to my work with others is that you are the expert on you and my job is to give you fresh ways of looking at situations, help you figure out solutions, and help make new ways of living endure. No matter the challenge - mental health, substance use, relationships, transitions, trauma, or a combination of them I work with you to navigate a positive way forward. Leveraging your strengths and guided by your values we work together toward getting you living in concert with your values.
The tools I use include CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative therapy, and Solutions Focused Therapy. I am strengths focused and believe your cup is half full! My heart lies with those in marginalized communities, LGBTQ, communities of color, seniors, & children from 12 years of age.