“I am experienced in working with mood disorders, trauma and PTSD, personality disorders, behavior disorders, substance abuse disorders, and LGBT community challenges.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am not the first immigrant who faced many obstacles upon arriving in the United States. Like many people who have immigrated, I had high hopes of achieving the American Dream. Despite facing many obstacles during the process, I kept my dream alive. I became aware of the field of psychology at 15-years-old when I was diagnosed with ADHD. The psychologist who diagnosed me was someone I felt I could trust. She explained my disorder to me, encouraged me to do some research, and taught me how to become more aware of my own behaviors. I grew fascinated by her knowledge of mental health and behavioral analysis. This period of time had a great effect on me, and it led me to not only be aware of my own behaviors but those of the people around me as well. As a result of this interest, I decided to pursue a career in mental health counseling to gain a more substantial idea of the field.
What should someone know about working with you?
When you schedule your first appointment, you will be asked for your date of birth, insurance, and credit card information (for co-pay, deductible, and cancellation fees). My cancellation policy involves a $75 fee if you cancel within 24 hours of the scheduled session time.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am experienced in working with mood disorders, trauma and PTSD, personality disorders, behavior disorders, substance abuse disorders, and LGBT community challenges. I am familiar with multiple cultural backgrounds and I provide psychotherapy for Chinese immigrants in both Cantonese and Mandarin.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
When I was an undergraduate student at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in anthropology-sociology. I have worked to gain and understand the field outside of the classroom. I have spent many years in research, which has shaped my perspective on the importance of mental health. As a research assistant, I was involved in a study with Dr. Sara Haden that focused on adult victims of child sexual abuse. I learned how victims without therapeutic intervention continued to be impacted by their experiences long after the initial trauma. They were greatly affected psychologically, and this affected their interpersonal relationships. In addition to my time gaining and understanding how trauma affects mental health functioning, I have worked at Columbia University with Dr. Ezra Susser. He introduced me to psychiatric epidemiology and I learned the importance of providing effective mental health counseling to underprivileged populations. Through these exciting experiences, I developed an interest in providing effective mental health counseling to underprivileged populations.
“I am familiar with multiple cultural backgrounds and I provide psychotherapy for Chinese immigrants in both Cantonese and Mandarin.”