We had the good fortune of connecting with David Ha and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi David, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Success can be defined in many different ways. It’s not about reaching a certain status as a brand, or reaching a specific dollar amount as an organization, but it’s consistently answering the call of how we can be responsible with what we’ve been given. And I believe finding out our personal responsibility often begins with a burden that is bigger than ourselves.

Faith plays a central and motivating role in the “success” of Counseling at Cornerstone. If we can be an organization that carries itself with integrity in serving and loving our community within the field of mental health, whether that involves helping 1 person or 100, I believe it is a success.

What should our readers know about your business?
Before becoming a counselor, I was a pastor for about 8 years. I served in a predominantly Korean American church where mental health was and still carries a major stigma. Yet within the people I was in relationship with on a daily basis, mental health challenges were real and existed–for children, teens, and adults. However, I didn’t feel well equipped to help people in their struggles, which led me to go back to school to pursue education in professional counseling. It was a long journey that involved pursuit of a masters degree, 500 hours of internship and then 3,000 of clinical hours, all while having 2 young boys at home. It was not easy, but my faith, alongside the support of friends and family, carried me to its completion.

Counseling at Cornerstone vision is simple, it is to help bring healing, restoration and hope to all people. It also aims in partnering with local communities and churches, in helping provide accessible counseling. Specifically, Counseling at Cornerstone has a passion to serve pastors, vocational ministers and their family members. According to the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development, it’s reported that 35-40% of pastors survive less than 5 years on the job, and after 10 years, 60-80% of ministers quit.” We want to be an organization that walks besides and strengthens churches and its leadership, so that they could more effectively serve the local community.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That is a great question! So far, my time in the Dallas/Plano area, has involved spots where “cool” dads with young toddlers would visit. I’ve probably been to the Dallas Zoo and Perot Museum hundreds of times. And when my kids aren’t with my wife and I, dictating our food choices between any restaurant that serves chicken nuggets or mac and cheese, I enjoy local farmers markets and food halls in Dallas and Plano.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Support and encouragement of my wife Emily, friends and family, gave me the ability and courage to pursue my path as marriage and family therapist, and then eventually to help birth Counseling at Cornerstone. Above all, God has to receive all the glory because without his hand in this, there would be no Counseling at Cornerstone.

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