About My Clients
My clients are often hard working individuals who may describe themselves as listeners, caretakers, or "socially awkward." They are likely capable of taking care of themselves and/or others, but doing this for so long can take a toll and they may find that they have difficulties accessing some of their feelings or engaging in effective self-care. If this resonates with you and you’d like to find more balance and feel more connected to yourself, then you’ve come to the right place.
My Background and Approach
I strive to create a warm and safe space in therapy and I do so by being collaborative and genuine in my interactions. By working to provide the necessary support and guidance, I help clients live more authentically through client-centered, compassion-focused, trauma-informed, and social justice-informed approaches. I integrate various theories and interventions in my work with clients, including humanistic/existential therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy, LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy, and feminist therapy. By meeting clients where they are at and understanding their challenges from not just the individual and relational context but also from the sociocultural context, I hope to better help clients meet their goals in therapy.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Prior to my career as a psychologist, I was involved in the performing arts and conducted research on shyness among performing artists. I feel fortunate to have been able to witness and personally experience the raw beauty of emotional expression and human connection through the arts because I was able to see how I was not alone in my suffering, and I was made aware that there are many reasons and ways people suffer. The performing arts inspired me to pursue a career as a psychologist, be more community-minded, and be a strong advocate for social justice. As a shy Asian American from an immigrant family, I particularly empathize with people who may suffer silently by putting on a façade to navigate social spaces where they don't feel like they are safe or they belong. Thus, I strive to create a safe space in therapy where genuine human connection can occur because I believe these moments can promote healing and help clients be and accept their authentic selves.