My Approach to Helping
I am an experienced LCSW (CA & NY) providing short and long-term psychotherapy to individuals, couple, and family. I specialize in trauma, depression, anxiety, immigration, parenting, life transitions, relational issues, and Asian identify. I am trained and practice in Attachment Focused-EMDR, Psychodynamic Therapy, Emotional Focus Therapy, Trauma Informed Model, Internal Family System, Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Advanced Training in Child and Family Therapy. Each therapeutic relationship is unique. I provide a non-judgmental, culturally sensitive, confidential, and supportive environment to work with people.
Integration of therapeutic interventions that tailor clients strengths, needs and their preferences are my emphasis. The best result often is a collaborative effort. I am familiar with using the trauma framework (PTSD or complex trauma, developmental, & generational pain), somatic experiencing, polyvagal theory, attachment injury, and psychodynamic work. We work on our parts, trauma responses, brain function and nervous system in relation to mental health, emotions and behaviors. In couple and family relationship, we start with issues, create insight on deeper need and insecurity that create conflicts. We help each other to see the vulnerability and acceptance. We practice communication that speaks for the true self longing for secured attachment and independency.
Do you feel work-life balance is hard? Are you encounter challenges as immigrant parents or adult children with aging parents? Do you want to improve mood and relationship? Could you reduce the burden from traumas and recover from an attachment injury from the past? Simply give me a call for free consultation today and start the change!
More Info About My Practice
I work with adults, young adults, pre-teens, and teenagers. I provide telehealth and in-person psychotherapy.
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY 個人心理治療
Mood Regulation: Depression & Anxiety
Trauma: immigration trauma, PTSD, developmental trauma, acute trauma desensitizing
Relationship: parental-child dyad, family, partner, and friendship issues
Acculturation: Asian American identity, immigrant parents, immigrationrelocation challenges
AgingCaretaking: adult children and aging parents
Career and personal goals
Grief and lost
Chronic illness and disability
COUPLE & FAMILY THERAPY 伴侶以及家庭心理治療
Family life cycle issues
Immigrant family challenges
GROUP THERAPY 團體心理治療
Therapeutic groups for people with similar struggles and experiences can often be very effective treatment. My group therapy is designed to be closed-group with size of 4-8 participants and typically the treatment course include 6 to 10 sessions. Psychoeducation and support also happen in these groups.
Groups in the past include:
Support group for Asian Americans
Parents of teenagers psychoeducation group (in Mandarin)
Stress and adjustment to life in campus (college students)
Caretakers for emotional support group
Living your life with depression
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have effectively helped people to improve in these areas:
-Practiced Attachment Focused-EMDR on relationship with mother. Client improved confident as a parent.
-Helped teenagers to improve in depression, graduated from high school and attended college during COVID-19.
-Work-life-family balance for highly stressful professionals such as tech folks and medical doctors.
-Worked on decision making on divorce, relocation, having kids, and elderly parents caretaking.
-Enhanced communication between Asian American adult children and their immigrant parents.
-Overcame procrastination in finishing doctoral dissertation while job searching.
-Couple reported improvement in communication and intimacy.
-Grief counseling for unexpected lost of family members.
-Supportive counseling to client with terminated illness to overcome treatment with positive mental health.
-Postpartum depression prevention and treatment.
-Co-parenting after divorce.