How I Work
I strive to promote healing and growth through connection, relationship, and authenticity. I believe in people and their resilience to adapt and thrive.
I belive that our lives begin and are sustained by connection with others. We are born as connecting beings and most of our wounds and our healing comes from our relationships with others. As an integrative psychologist, I take ideas and interventions from systems, multicultural, feminist, intepersonal, and psychodynamic approaches to weave together an understanding of who you are now based on what you have and are currently experiencing. Together, we figure out who you want to be and how to get there. I am here to see you, understand you, and support you.
I am trained in the following therapies, which are integrated into our work together as needed:
- Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Future-Directed Therapy (FDT)
- Prolonged Exposure (PE)
- Brief Trauma Treatment (BTT)
Azusa Pacific University
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Family Psychology (2013)
Azusa Pacific University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Family Psychology (2009)
University of Washington
B.S. in Psychology (2006)
At heart, I am genuinely a West Coast girl and I am proud to have completed my graduate schooling and training along the West Coast. In Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities in the United States, I conducted play therapy with elementary students (Azusa Unified School District), therapy with college students (APU Community Counseling Center), and adolescents and adults at a transitional housing agency (PATH Beyond Shelter), completed psychological assessments with survivors of domestic violence (Jenesse Center, Inc.), and assisted in research that resulted in new group therapy protocol for depression and anxiety (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center). I moved up the coast to Portland for my one-year internship, where I received further training in therapy, psychological evaluations, and clinical supervision. After Oregon, I followed the sun to Honolulu, where I completed a yearlong psychology residency at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System (Spark Matsunaga VA Center). At the VA, I received additional training in diagnostic skills (mental health triage), group therapy and psychopharmacology (inpatient psychiatric ward), individual and couples therapy, psychological assessments for medical purposes, and interdisciplinary collaboration with other healthcare professionals (primary care). During both internship and residency experiences, I mentored and supervised practicum students and interns.
My clinical, research, consultation, and supervision interests include Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander mental health, cultural identity, biculturalism, Future-Directed Therapy, mindfulness, trauma, depression, mental health stigma, alternative and holistic approaches in mental health, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, women’s issues, and integrated care.