“I can help you to know yourself best when you share anything and everything on your mind.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Hi! I'm Clarice. I am currently a therapist in a full-time, telehealth-only private practice located in New York City. Prior to my private practice, I was a therapist and supervisor at one of the largest mental health clinics in New York City and used different therapy modalities to help people who were seriously mentally ill, homeless, or victims of physical and sexual abuse.
I identify as an Asian female, and I am enthusiastic about working with folks who identify as BIPOC or LGBTQ+. I intensively explore themes surrounding race, gender, sexuality, and social justice, both in my clinical work and in my personal life.
Last but not the least, I am passionate about working with folks who identify as high-achievers. As a former business analyst, I remember what it felt like to be in a high-powered profession, as though you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. I also know what it’s like to deal with family pressure to have your life look a certain way.
What should someone know about working with you?
This might not make sense right now but when we do not know ourselves and do not know how our past makes us who we are at present, our symptoms emerge. When we know ourselves — where we come from and how we became who we are today — we better understand what we need to do. I can help you to know yourself best when you share anything and everything on your mind. I encourage you to speak freely, even when the words seem irrelevant, weird, or socially inappropriate. In return, I will also share everything on my mind when I give you my feedback and reflections. I pay attention to every single aspect of your speech, not only what you say but how you say it. I encourage you to pay attention to your choice of words, the change in your energy levels, and your decision-making process as you choose to say something or stay silent.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
After graduating from New York University with a Master of Social Work degree, I completed the Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at William Alanson White Institute. In 2018, I enrolled in a six-year psychoanalytic fellowship program at Gestalt Associates for psychotherapy. I am currently a postgraduate clinical fellow. In addition to my formal clinical training in gestalt therapy, experiential therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis, I engage in intensive reading and research about existentialism and existential psychotherapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am a psychoanalytically and experientially-trained therapist. My work is based on psychoanalytic, existential, experiential, and humanistic therapy theories. I deeply believe that in order to lead a happy and meaningful life, we need to pay close attention and throw in deep reflections about how we reproduce ourselves and relate to what’s outside of us under capitalism and globalization.
“I encourage you to speak freely, even when the words seem irrelevant, weird, or socially inappropriate.”