I identify as a recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and hope-building mental health practitioner and educator. I embrace a strengths-based approach and a holistic perspective maintaining that hope can have a profound influence on both the individual and collective healing and recovery. I feel deeply and strongly value my vast connections to myself and others. I bring over a decade of experience supporting individuals and families through various life transitions and adjustments in a multitude of settings including forensic work at the state psychiatric hospital, medical social work in hospital emergency department, inpatient acute care, intensive care units, outpatient clinics, school, community research, long-term care, and hospice and palliative care.
I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families impacted by chronic and critical illness, complex medical and psychiatric conditions, substance use and addictions, relationship conflicts, emotional distress, trauma, grief and loss, end-of-life decision-making as well as any other debilitating “circumstances” that may be hindering us from living our preferred lives. I have familiarity working with individuals struggling with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) as well as other psychosomatic disturbances stemming from traumatic psychological origins. Currently, I am particularly drawn to working with teens to provide nurturing support and practical guidance to navigate transitioning to adulthood including planning for college and career choices.
As a qualified bilingual licensed clinician, I offer services in both English and Mandarin Chinese, and am dedicated to helping clients of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Additionally, I provide services as a cultural consultant and educator with special expertise in Asian cultures on unique issues and challenges affecting bicultural individuals, couples, and families.
I integrate multiple sources of knowledge and practice wisdom by blending a variety of evidence-based practice and theory-based treatment approaches to gain better understanding of the clients and how to better assist them in their recovery. My eclectic approach to the therapeutic process draws from a variety of modalities including:
- Attachment Theory
- Mindfulness-Based Interventions
- Interpersonal Neurobiology
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Family Systems
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
My practice provides a respectful, supportive, and nurturing refuge. I believe that psychotherapy and counseling should not be limited to the traditional confines of an office and creative approaches to wellness and recovery can and ought to be part of our treatment plan and daily lives, thus allowing for a more organic process of healing to occur. I offer in-home counseling for clients limited by mobility or other functional issues as well as walk-and-talk session that combines the benefits of physical exercise with individual psychotherapy.