Acacia Spotlight looks to highlight the clinicians, staff, and programs that make Acacia what it is today. September’s clinician is JoJo Lee, LPCC.
JoJo Lee is from “a very small and crowded but fun and vibrant city named Hong Kong” and in April of 2019, made her way to our Acacia La Jolla team. Funny she would describe her home city as such because Acacians often describe JoJo as fun and vibrant as JoJo has a strong air of positivity and awareness, making her the perfect conversationalist.
What do you enjoy most about being a clinician?
JoJo: (**I can be professionally nosy and get into others’ businesses. :p**) On a serious note, being a clinician allows me continuously to broaden my worldview and to reflect on my judgement by listening to my clients’ concerns, understanding their struggles, and witnessing their growth and resilience. It is such an honor and rewarding experience for me to be part of my clients’ mental wellness journeys. #growthstartshere
What’s your favorite thing about Acacia?
JoJo: EVERYTHING! From the refreshing interior design of each room, the welcoming smiles from all staff, to the inclusiveness of Acacia’s culture, and the laughter during therapy sessions, it automatically brings me joy every time I walk into the office. Acacia even has its own podcast, “Sincerely, Not Okay”!
I decided to challenge myself more by stepping out of my comfort zone, speaking up of myself even when my voice was shaking, reflecting on my judgement, and leaning into the areas/cultures that I was not familiar with.
Got an interesting or most memorable story from college? A moment of triumph? A funny party story? Your favorite place to escape to on campus?
JoJo: The truth was… I felt like I never had enough sleep during my undergrad life. Library became my oasis to take naps. I also trained myself to fall asleep within 10 seconds. Does that count as a moment of triumph?! It was not until I went into graduate school and realized that studying could be stimulating and invigorating. I decided to challenge myself more by stepping out of my comfort zone, speaking up of myself even when my voice was shaking, reflecting on my judgement, and leaning into the areas/cultures that I was not familiar with. I truly appreciated every moment I spent in my graduate school life, including moments when I cried over getting legs full of bug bites during an international course in Bahama or when I laughed so hard that I teared my eyes during group projects. All these memories become my most valuable life lessons.
How would someone know if they could use therapy?
JoJo: Just like everyone’s annual physical check up, I believe it is helpful to also get a mental “check up” periodically. Especially if you recognize your sleeping, exercising, or eating pattern has changed noticeably, these may be the “warning signs” that your body is telling you to take a time-out and assess if you need additional support. Although our friends, family, and significant others can be a great support system, they can also be our stressors at the same time. Often times, it gets us “stuck”. Therapy can be our extra tool to explore any alternative options to get us “unstuck” and to live in a more balance life.
What are your interests outside of therapy?
JoJo: Outside of my therapist role, I like to continue being a “nosy” citizen in the community by volunteering in multiple non-profit organizations, checking out others’ dogs in the dog parks/beaches, strolling at the San Diego Zoo to check out more animals that I cannot own, swiping on Yelps to try out new restaurants, and occasionally going for a hike to check off the “exercise” box on my to-do list.
The energy, laughter, and perspective JoJo brings to the table, both with her clients and fellow staff, is unmatched. We love that we get JoJo on the Acacia team, now if only La Jolla would share her with the rest of the offices… hmm…
Stay tuned for more Acacia Clinician Spotlights! And check out JoJo’s bio on the La Jolla page!
Authored (a lot) by JoJo Lee and (a little) by KorbyQuan Reed.