Qualifications: Mental Health Practitioner
Languages: English, Hmong
Master of Social Work, Mai Ko Xiong is a bilingual Mental Health Practitioner. She works out of the Maplewood office. Mai Ko graduated in 2012 at Concordia University with a Bachelors in Behavioral Sciences and a minor in Hmong Studies. In 2019 she obtained her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work at St. Kates/St. Thomas University. Mai Ko has interned at The Wilder Foundation, Tubman, and The Family Partnership. Mai Ko is fluent in English and Hmong.
Mai Ko has had years of experience working with a wide range of population and all ages of adults.
Symptoms Mai Ko addresses in her practice:
- Major Depression
- Health issues that impact mental health: Diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, high cholesterol, chronic pain and etc.
- Negative habits
Interventions Mai Ko utilizes in her practice:
- Breathing techniques
- Art therapy
- Narrative therapy
- Client-centered therapy
- Relaxation techniques
Mai Ko was born in the refugee camps in Thailand. Her parents came to the U.S in 1991. Many of Mai Ko’s clients are immigrants or refugees and she can relate with the challenges and struggles they encounter.
“Making a small difference in someone’s life can mean something big to them. This is why I enjoy doing therapy and building that rapport with my clients. I get to see their progress and that is why I believe therapy is so important in healing and overcoming obstacles.”
In Mai Ko’s spare time she enjoys playing volleyball, traveling and spending quality time with her family.