As a therapist, I see myself as a collaborator in an unfolding process of collective liberation.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Supervised by Valerie Beltrán, LMFT
You hold a unique social location in our highly racialized and often black/white society. Honoring your personal values and therapeutic goals, I welcome exploration of racial and intersectional identities and how they relate to your sense of self and lived experiences. I self-identify as multiracial and mestiza and come from Asian, Latinx, and European lineages. I support you to identify (or not) in the way that is true for you and captures your wholeness.
Cultureshock, reverse cultureshock, codeswitching, social location, and cultural hybridity are all familiar themes for me. Moving to a foreign country as a young adult gave me experience in immersion into a culture with a different language, history, set of social expectations, relationship to time and money, geopolitical identity, and diet. I hold a variety of experiences working with others from diverse backgrounds in the U.S., abroad, and within international organizations.
I know that many psychological institutions and mental healthcare providers have historically and continually perpetuated harm, especially against BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ populations. My approach is grounded in a social justice framework and I am guided by values of liberation psychology and decolonization movements.