Who we are
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC San Diego and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cal Poly Pomona. Through my years of training and licensure I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse population and issues in a variety of settings ranging from non-profits and schools to group practice. I have also worked with a wide range of age groups. It really has been such an honor and joy for me to walk alongside so many different clients in their hardships and to see them get closer and closer to the life they really want.
I am Chinese American and have lived in California my whole life. I was always that person in my family and among my friend group that was seen as the “counselor.” I grew up taking care of others, managing the pain of those around me, and eventually was able to come to the revelation that in order to be a helper I have to help myself as well. That’s the heart of my work. Extending kindness to others because I’ve first learned how to extend kindness to myself.
My approach is eclectic. I like to pull from different theoretical orientations to meet the needs of my specific clients because I believe each person is unique in their needs and what style works for them. Some theoretical orientations that I enjoy utilizing are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic perspectives, and Family Systems.
I want therapy to be an enjoyable experience for my clients. My goal is to build a trusting and safe relationship with each client and don’t want our experience to feel like a traditional “doctors” appointment. My hope is that my office would feel like a home where you could feel free to come exactly as you are.
When I’m not working you will find me hiking, watching Netflix, hanging out with my husband and my golden retriever, or doodling/crafting (Find me on Instagram @Wonder_Doodles)!
I received my B.A. in Psychology from CSU, Fresno and my M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology from Santa Clara University. Completing an emphasis in Health Psychology has given me the skills to incorporate specific treatment techniques and interventions in therapy that focus on increasing one's success in changing unwanted and unhealthy behaviors. I have also completed the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Basic Training Course through EMDR Institute, Inc.
I have worked at a nonprofit called Piece It Together providing therapy to mandated adolescents who were convicted of family violence or partner violence. For a number of years I continued to provide therapy and crisis management for adolescents and young adults through school-based programs. The schools I worked at were Redwood Continuation High School, Milpitas High School, and Evergreen Valley College. Therefore, I have extensive experience working with teens and understanding the specific and unique stressors that they experience at school. In addition, I have the experience of working with parents in supporting and helping them navigate helpful ways to advocate for their children's needs at school. I have also had the experience of providing individual therapy to adults in a psychiatric private practice setting.
I am a Filipino-Chinese American born and raised in San Jose, CA. Both of my parents were born in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when they were young adults. Therefore, I have first-hand experience of the unique struggles and stressors that come from being born in one culture and being raised by another culture. Due to conflicts that arose because of this cultural and generational clash, I had the unique experience of moving to and living in the Philippines for 3 years when I turned 17. I was able to have an eye-opening experience of what it was like to live in a country less fortunate than ours. I was also able to have the unique experience of living in the very place where my parents grew up. I now have a family of my own and still reside close to where I was born and raised. I've experienced the hardships of fertility testing, treatments, and procedures. And through that difficult experience, I've been able to have two children. I enjoy my work and feel thankful for the unique experiences that have brought me here. When I am not working, I spend my time with my close family and friends. I also enjoy shopping, reading, organizing, doing paper crafts, and traveling.