“I use active listening skills, psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and somatic exercises to help individuals increase awareness and build skills necessary to live life intentionally with a sense of fulfillment and wellbeing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I'm a monolingual, Asian-born Chinese American who, honestly, never felt quite Chinese "enough" and yet could never truly identify entirely as "American" either. Stuck in-between these two worlds, I found myself dutifully following what I like to refer to as the "supposed-to" route in life. I got good grades, went to college, and worked at internships. Yet, I didn't follow my gut (aka my heart), and a few years into my career in graphic design, I decided to go back to school for Social Work at Hunter College to pursue my interest in helping others struggling with a history of mental health, much like I did in my formative years. Now, using a trauma-informed lens, influenced by CBT, and a solution focused approach, I try to help clients understand their experiences with a strengths-based approach.
What should someone know about working with you?
I use active listening skills, psycho-education, cognitive behavioral skills and somatic exercises to help individuals increase awareness and build skills to live life intentionally with a sense of fulfillment and well-being. I'm relational and provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where each individual can have a unique experience. You are the story-teller, and I am here to listen. Do you need a sounding-board, or do you want to actively be challenged? I'm here for you, and I work to help you, using the style and method that you respond to best so that our therapy sessions can be effective for you as an individual. I will provide you with skills and resources to help you be independent from therapy because I believe that while therapy can be good for everyone, no one should ever find themselves dependent on a therapist.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
My hope is that with the increase in attention paid to mental health concerns, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be a diminished stigma with regards to mental illness and other "sight-unseen" disabilities. I would like to see the normalization of mental health issues much in the way that physical health issues have become normalized and accepted as health issues that require serious attention.
“I'm relational and provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere where each individual will have a different experience: The bottom line is that I want to hear YOUR story.”