I am a licensed psychologist (PhD in counseling psychology) and have provided individual and group therapy on several college campuses. I have also advised and coached hundreds of clinical psychology PhD students in their professional development. My work has been primarily with young adults and adults who identify as people of color, immigrants, international students, and LGBTQ folks. Through my academic work, clinical training, and life experiences, I understand and value intersections of identity at the individual level and at a systemic level (i.e., institutional sexism, racism, homophobia). As an Asian American woman who grew up in a non-traditional Chinese immigrant family, I understand there is a lot of within-group differences as well as shared cultural experiences.
In therapy, the goal is not to make unpleasant feelings go away. Instead, I help people trust their own emotions and see them as messages about how their life decisions align or don't align with their core values.