“I place an emphasis on a dialogue where you lead the session and I ask questions to delve deeper into a topic.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've always known I wanted to work with people. Initially, I started my career off in human resources, but I learned that I wanted to further help people outside of that scope. I pursued my master's degree and graduated from NYU's Silver School of Social Work. My experiences varied from a college counseling center to a hospital and from a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic institute (where I ultimately completed my postgraduate training) to a community outpatient clinic. I believe working with such a wide population strengthened my attunement to each of my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I place an emphasis on a dialogue where you lead the session and I ask questions to delve deeper into a topic. I also listen for potential themes across the sessions. I truly believe in the transformative power of a strong therapeutic alliance. I foster a supportive, nurturing environment where clients can explore emotions and issues as they arise. Clients, especially first-time therapy seekers, have shared that I help put them at ease and that my empathetic responses and expressions help them feel heard and understood. Many of my clients are trying to find or assert their own voice, to work through childhood trauma, or to process overwhelming events and emotions. I also work with couples stuck in the same loop within their arguments or couples striving to rekindle their relationship. After treatment, clients have noted how therapy helped them to see things more clearly, to understand their triggers more, and to get into a healthier mental state.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
There are experiences in our lives where we feel unheard, devalued, or unconnected, whether from a parent, a romantic partner, or a friend. Knowing how much this can hurt leads me to be particularly keen in listening to you and in guiding you to understand your self-worth so that you know your feelings matter and your voice is heard. Separately, I have my own personal and racial experiences that give me a unique perspective. I've had a number of clients reach out to me in search of a connection with another Asian person. We may have shared experiences or we may have different ones; either way, I am here to understand your experiences. That doesn't only apply to Asian experiences either; it applies to any person with a different race, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or social class as well as the intersectionality of it all. I bring my passion and training to each person I see and I feel privileged to join you in this journey we take together.
“Clients, especially first-time therapy seekers, have shared that I help put them at ease and that my empathetic responses and expressions help them feel heard and understood.”