My Approach to Helping
Untangling trauma is not easy. Trauma not only affects the mind but also affects the body. Our nervous system is very powerful. It allows us to feel positive things like intimacy and safety but it has also developed mechanisms to protect us from danger. These mechanisms include the sympathetic nervous system, which controls our “fight or flight” response, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which causes us to shut down and conserve energy. Trauma, either from a single event or a pattern of abuse causes these systems to malfunction, which can lead to somatic symptoms that can profoundly affect a person's life.
My passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic or stressful experience. I help my clients to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole, and safe people.
More Info About My Practice
Jane is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She is an approved training assistant for Somatic Experiencing intermediate level training. Her educational background includes a BA in Social Work from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a MA in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Jane has worked in many different mental health settings including psychiatric inpatient units, partial hospitalization programs, intensive case management programs and mental health outpatient clinics. Throughout her years of practice as a psychotherapist, she has served clients with different levels of psychiatric and mental health needs.
Jane is fluent in English and Cantonese. She has over two decades of experience as a social worker and psychotherapist providing mental health treatment and services to clients in both Hong Kong and the United States.
Certified Somatic Experience Practitioner (SEP) with the Somatic Experience Trauma Institute founded by Dr. Peter Levine, Ph.D. SE training is a well recognized and proven method for providing treatment to individuals suffering from trauma or chronic stress.
Approved Training Assistant at the SE intermediate level.
Approved Credited Personal Session Provider for SE beginning level.
Completed four-level Certification in Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience (DARe). Certification provided by Trauma Solutions and Dr. Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D. This multi-year program provides specialized training in providing a Somatic Adult Attachment approach to therapy for developmental traumas.
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Treatment modality designed to facilitate the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences to bring these to an adaptive resolution.