Hi! I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field treating a variety of mental health challenges in both clinical and educational settings. I start where my clients are and ensure to provide a comfortable, inviting space as the foundation for my clients to explore their most inner thoughts and feelings. I typically use a Cognitive-Based approach with a foundation of mindfulness-based and mind-body interventions. I am a strengths-based clinician and try to utilize my clients unique attributes and interests in my work. My ideal client is an individual who is ready to commit to the therapeutic process and explore the barriers that hold them back from feeling secure and confident in their ability to manage any and all life stressors that may arise. They are open to trying and utilizing new tools/strategies to manage their mood and improve their overall functioning.
Feeling down, stressed, or out of control? I get it. Let me help you through what you’re going through. As an Asian immigrant therapist working in the United States, I encounter people of all colors, genders, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations. They may seek therapy because they are struggling with their identities. My job is to help them embrace themselves, rather than reject who they are. I use a strengths-based approach to help you find peace – that means I’ll always be looking for things you’re doing right, not things you’re doing wrong. I will help you find your own strength and cultivate resilience through the ups and downs of life. There are a number of tools I bring with me to the therapy room, and I use whatever approach will be most helpful to the client in front of me. I like to incorporate a trauma-focused Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) approach to help you manage intense emotions and Person-Centered Therapy to put you in the driver’s seat of the counseling process. It is a privilege for me to be invited into my clients’ world, and to bear witness to their ups and downs. I feel honored to use my skills and knowledge to help them lead richer, more meaningful lives.
Given the complexities and demands of society today, it is inevitable that at some point in all of our lives, we will experience an emotional or challenging event. This is especially so during the current COVID 19 emergency. My view of therapy is that I am here to help you. Together we will explore your situation and utilize the strengths within you, at your own pace, to overcome the challenges the world presents to you. I have treated individuals and couples of various ethnicities, LGBTQ and Straight, native and non-native speakers. I specialize in issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, acculturation, cross cultural issues, life and career transitions, low self-esteem, personal growth, trauma, loss and grief, relationship issues, and stress management. Acknowledging your challenges is the first step towards resolving them. I look forward to working with you and navigating together towards your goals.
As a mental health counselor, my goal is to help my clients explore their inner strength and to assist them with understanding themselves. My style is collaborative, warm, and empathic. I aim to create a safe and open space where my clients can feel heard and understood. I am passionate about therapy work as I believe it is truly meaningful and rewarding to be part of my clients’ wellness journey. My therapy approach is eclectic; I utilize different tools based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Person-Centered Therapy. In addition, I value multicultural approach. As a person who grew up in two different cultures (Korea and the U.S.), I understand that cultural background, economic status, religion, gender, age, and many other cultural elements play a significant role in forming one’s identity. I strive to provide not only emotional support but tangible resources to my clients by providing individualized care plans that meet each client’s unique situations and goals.
It often feels like we live in a fast-paced world where our identities are reduced to our “productivity.” It’s understandable that you may have begun to doubt yourself and neglect your physical and emotional needs. However, we can challenge those negative thoughts to reshape our emotions and behaviors, which can improve our view of self and the quality of our interpersonal relationships. My therapy sessions are designed to dissect personal issues and provide you with effective tools to help you utilize your own strengths to improve your interpersonal relationships.
With an advanced clinical training in health, mental health, and disabilities at Columbia University, I have worked with a wide range of populations in diverse neighborhoods. I have worked in schools and multiple healthcare settings.
Through the use of various psychotherapy methods and collaborative treatment measures, we can develop healthier habits to help cope with any of life’s various obstacles. I strive to create a warm and nonjudgmental space in which you can safely explore yourself and how you relate to others. I am passionate about supporting one’s unique intersecting identities.
Please feel free to request for a phone consultation via my website. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
My therapeutic approach focuses on the strength and self-determination that you already possess. For individuals who feel stuck and stressed, therapy can be a space for enduring challenging times with support instead of in a silo on their own.
I work with multi-cultural individuals, first- and second-generation immigrants experiencing anxiety, stress, exhaustion from: the many roles and identities they may hold; attempting to build their own lives; or creating boundaries. All while trying to navigate their family of origin, loved ones, peers, and cultural and societal expectations. Areas of focus are life transitions, relational issues, and inner conflict. You want to be mindful of your family, loved ones, peers, but don’t know how to balance them with your own wants and needs.
My role is to provide a comfortable space for you to flesh out the issues you are experiencing; to help develop insight, self-esteem and confidence; and to create new goals, thoughts and behavior patterns.
I am a second generation Southeast Asian American woman and a child of refugees which has shaped my interest in working with adults from diverse racial and cultural identities. I can empathize with straddling the different roles and identities we form for ourselves in order to meet the needs of our family of origin, loved ones, peers, and the multiple cultures and social systems that we live in.
People often come to therapy with a common complaint — “Why aren’t I happier?” This can be particularly confusing if you’ve worked long and hard to craft a life your younger self would be thrilled about. So why is it a struggle to fully inhabit your life, to be comfortable in your own skin and enjoy the ride? Why can’t you feel more relaxed, secure and like you belong? What is getting in the way of you feeling like you are worthy, deserving and just inherently “good enough”? The reasons your internal reality doesn’t match your external one are part of the mystery that lies within. Therapy is the adventure that allows you to connect with those unarticulated beliefs and consciously decide if they still resonate. My role as your therapist will be to help you with that. How? We’ll talk and I’ll try to ask just the right questions. Sometimes it will feel hard. But I hope that it will also feel like support and encouragement as you grow, adapt and integrate all of who you are.
Do you think about what kind of person you’d like to be, but feel uncertain, nervous, lost, or overwhelmed about how to make the change?
Perhaps you feel like your relationships, work, or life in general can be more fulfilling, but you’re not sure how to get there.
I am here to help.
I am an East/West, Taiwanese-Canadian-US multiculturally-identified psychologist specializing in asking the “big questions” in life: “Who am I, how do I create a fulfilling life?”
I marry the wisdom of Buddhist thought and the science of psychology to raise your self-awareness and exploration to the next level. I also use a multicultural lens to help you understand your context, and the environments that have shaped who you are.
During the past 14+ years, I have finetuned my approach to turn “being your best self” from abstract to reality, whether it is related to your personal, racial, or cultural identities, relationships, or work.
By striking a balance between guidance, open exploration, and support, I can help you demystify the change process, move away from feeling stuck, to becoming the “you” you want to be, find meaning, and live authentically.
If you think we might be a good match, please reach out for a free phone consultation. Sessions are held virtually for folks located in NY, CA, and MI, available early mornings before 8am EST, or evenings after 7pm EST, Sun-Thurs.
All of you deserves affirmative care, and I would be honored to witness you and join you on your journey. Together, we will collaborate to explore your current struggles, look into your relationships, process your experiences, unpack intergenerational and racial trauma, identify and change patterns of thought and behavior, and gain insight into your life’s journey. My own cultural background as a queer immigrant provides me a deep understanding of the nuanced ways that our intersectional identities influence the way we see ourselves. In session, we build a warm, humorous, and authentic relationship to help you reach your goals.
I embrace folks of all gender identities, orientations, and countries of origin. I tailor my approach by combining different tools and perspectives to best suit your needs. I draw from psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, emotionally focused and insight-oriented therapy.
It takes time and courage to find a therapist you feel connected with. I am looking forward to meeting you, and getting to know your story. I aim to co-create a space with you where you will feel understood, supported, and validated in a safe and empowering way.
The focus of my practice is to offer body-mind integration to immigrants, refugees, descendants thereof, BIPOC and multiracial folx. Utilizing somatic, trauma-informed approaches, I gently support clients to find greater ease, meaning and life satisfaction. I see my role as a collaborator, guide and witness to growth and sustainable transformations.
I welcome all aspects of each individual with empathy and compassion. I collaborate with each client on how to best work together, identifying patterns, habits, beliefs and blocks which contribute to stress and interfere with feeling fulfillment, satisfaction and joy. I offer deep listening, nuanced observations and stimulating questions such that clients open to new insights, possibilities and ways of being. I facilitate people to come home to themselves, an invitation to re-connect with intrinsic wholeness.
Embracing wholeness is a journey. Some steps along the way will seem light, positive, and empowering, while others will be difficult, dark and challenging. Holding a space to welcome all is a process of building capacity and tolerance for a wider range of experiences. Approaching every behavior as having an important function, I use imagery, creativity, movement and other gentle ways to explore. As well, I utilize mindfulness to increase awareness, enrich presence and deepen embodiment. No matter what difficult events a person experiences, there is an unstoppable aliveness in every individual. I revere such life energy, which is inherently wise, whole and healing. With facilitation guided by openness and loving acceptance, my clients learn to balance stress and vitality as well as grow into greater ease, choices, meaning, purpose and aliveness.