Chinese American intuitive. An eclectic approach of somatics, the Enneagram, neuroscience, spirituality & humor for your healing journey.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA
Let's be real - depression sucks! It's a uniquely painful experience that's often made even worse because it's so often misunderstood. I guide my clients with humor & compassion in developing a different relationship with depression - one where they can learn to accept themselves as they are & learn to become their own best friend in the midst of the storm. Through neuroscience, uncovering & rewiring limiting beliefs, & developing true self-love, their is hope beyond the bleakness.
Spirituality and religion can be beautiful ways to connect to something larger than ourselves. But I know, from personal experience, how many of us experience betrayal & trauma within spiritual communities. When it comes to healing this trauma, I will provide a nonjudgmental, open space to explore existential questions, discover a sense of spirituality that is authentically aligned to your inner self (if you so desire), & help you learn to trust yourself & others again.
For those of you who think you might be single forever, or that you'll never have a healthy relationship - there is hope! I specialize in helping singles & couples restore intimacy with themselves & others through understanding their own attachment styles & how it impacts their relationships. With psychoeducation on the neurobiology of attachment, somatics, sensuality, self-compassion, & the Enneagram, I help singles & couples find joy, insight, & new life in their intimate relationships.
I love attachment theory because it doesn’t pathologize any behavior - rather, it recognizes that all our behaviors, even the nonsensical, self-destructive ones, are designed to meet a need, especially needs that were neglected in childhood. Through the lens of attachment theory, I help clients to heal relational wounds & develop skills to cultivate secure relationships with self & others. When we shine a light on how our childhood shaped our views on love, we are empowered to make new choices.
Internal family systems is similar to attachment theory in its nonjudgmental stance. In IFS, there are “no bad parts” of self, only ignored, misunderstood, or fearful parts stuck in patterns of trauma & fear. Through deep imagining meditations, I guide clients to communicate with fragmented parts of self, listen to their stories, heal them, & move from fragmentation to wholeness. Through compassionate reconnection & integration, you can finally embody your highest, most loving self!
Trauma is stored in the body, not just in the mind. My approach is influenced by Bessel van der kolk & Resmaa Menaken who both discuss how trauma can influence epigenetics & somatic approaches to healing. I will help you reconnect with your body, listen to its intelligence, and follow its guidance in releasing the pain it’s held onto for years (& possibly generations). I will also teach you strategies to calm your nervous system so it can finally feel safe.