About My Clients
I work with clients exploring issues related to relationships, cultural or racial identity, and who would like to feel more at ease being their authentic selves. Many times, emotions and behaviors which have served to protect us and ensure our survival in the past are no longer serving us in the present. These automatic responses are difficult to alter if we do not understand their origins and actively work to create new ways of orientating to others.
My Background and Approach
My personal and educational experiences as an Asian-American woman have shaped my values as a trauma-informed, anti-oppression, and social justice-oriented clinician. It is my goal to provide you with a space where you feel safe to access difficult feelings, and know that you are not alone in your journey towards peace and self-understanding.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that you are the expert of your own story and honor your process by allowing it to guide the skills and training that I draw from. I work collaboratively with you to establish goals that you’d like to achieve in therapy, and check in periodically to obtain your feedback about our progress together. I explore how past and present experiences contribute to thinking and behavioral patterns, such as the establishment of core beliefs, emotional triggers, and attachment styles. I also recognize the significant connection between the mind and body and seek to integrate somatic techniques to improve emotional regulation, when appropriate. In addition, I take into account the impact of racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of systemic discrimination and oppression on your health and well-being. We may also explore how these power dynamics show up in our therapeutic relationship.