About My Clients
My clients seek me out for many different reasons, including (but not limited to) mood, anxiety, and stress disorders; adjustment difficulties; and relationship and family-of-origin concerns. Sometimes, they just know they're stuck or lost and need help. I specialize in working with trauma, anxiety, and disordered eating.
My Background and Approach
I use evidence-based approaches (i.e., what we know to be effective with certain concerns) to help clients gain awareness of the interaction between their thoughts, feelings, and behavior; recognize the influences that have shaped these patterns; and develop the knowledge and skills to respond, rather than react, to them. I am certified in (somatic and attachment-focused) EMDR, trained in brainspotting, and am a level 2 IFS therapist. I offer a safe, collaborative space that balances compassion and challenge, within which we can work together to understand the concerns you are experiencing, appreciate how old patterns may have once helped you, and identify new, more effective ways to meet those needs. If you think I might be a good fit for you, please contact me to discuss next steps.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that, no matter who we are and what we're dealing with, we're all doing the best we can with the tools we've got. I see even the "problem behaviors" we so desperately want to change as ways we've learned to cope with what is painful (e.g., systems of oppression). You are the expert on your own life; my role is to engender self-compassion by shining a light on the adaptive functions your problems have served, facilitate personal empowerment by sharing relevant information and skills, and as someone climbing my own metaphorical mountains, offer a unique perspective on you and the ones you're climbing. More personally, I am now a US citizen but was born in Bangkok, Thailand and am a bi-racial, bi-ethnic person, as well as a child of immigrants. My father was Austrian, and my mother is Thai. I grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and have lived in Thailand and Canada, as well as the United States.