“I focus on the forgotten deep connection to spirit, personal truth, wisdom, integrity, and joy of living.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always felt something was missing in my life and I often felt lost as a first-generation Chinese woman caught between two worlds. I wondered why people older than me asked my advice. In an effort to understand, I studied Buddhism and meditation, earned my master’s degree in social work, and completed six years of holistic training at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Here, I learned about the energetic body-centered personal process. Through my journey, I found myself and realized that I have a calm presence that draws people in. I focus on the forgotten deep connection to spirit, personal truth, wisdom, integrity, and joy of living. I am inspired to support others in their unique path to self-discovery and I partner with them as they overcome their challenges to live fuller, happier lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal in each session is to support you in exploring your inner landscape and using your feelings, challenges, beliefs, and reactions to help you see all aspects of your struggles. I use a gentle approach to get beyond the "story" and see what’s underneath. I incorporate breathwork, mindfulness, and the mind-body connection to support your process. I sometimes ask you questions about my observations (for instance, "I noticed you pulled your right shoulder back when you said that. I’m curious about what’s going on.”). Your answers bring light to possible blind spots or reactions, deepening self-awareness in the process. By staying present, we promote self-love, acceptance, compassion, and personal power. All this allows you to make different choices.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Therapy is only one aspect of your healing journey. Sometimes, you may also need medical intervention, bodywork, exercise, medication, or nutrition to further address the different aspects of your mind, body, and emotions. On the intake form, I invite you to provide information on the others you are working with and which of these providers you’d like me to contact. I am always happy to collaborate with other professionals to better support your care. After getting to know you, I may offer recommendations for alternative treatment modalities or referrals that can serve to enhance your wellbeing.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Have you ever wished someone would listen without judging, interrupting, discounting, or even offering their advice? Do you just want to be heard, seen, held, and offered the space to explore your inner world and work through your challenges? Do you want someone to support you and shine a light into the dark corners that you haven’t yet seen? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then therapy may be a good option! You probably wouldn’t hesitate to seek medical treatment for a bad cough and you shouldn’t hesitate to address your mental health and wellbeing, either. All parts of you are worthy of the same attention and care.
What is energetic body-centered personal process work?
This is a form of therapy that helps you slow down the internal process and bring awareness to the connections between the body, mind, and emotions, ultimately recognizing how these elements affect each other. It specifically emphasizes body and energy awareness in a person’s emotional and psychological experience. Oftentimes, when someone says, "I’m sad," it is a mental expression and not a felt sense. The person feels stuck until they experience their sadness in the body and it moves through energetically. In bringing awareness to your sensations, you can integrate your feelings and experiences. It is an embodiment that allows you to live from a place of unity, wholeness, and full expression of self.
“My goal in each session is to support you in exploring your inner landscape and using your feelings, challenges, beliefs, and reactions to help you see all aspects of your struggles.”