University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Department of Psychology, Psychology Honors program
Finding a therapist can be challenging at times. To assist you in this process, you may find it helpful to know a bit about the way I work and my areas of expertise. I work relationally and I enjoy working with clients through a multicultural perspective in which an individual’s multiple layers of identities are explored and integrated. My theoretical orientation integrates contemporary psychodynamic, interpersonal, feminist, and relational-cultural theories. I also utilize techniques based on Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I am trained in both short-term/time-limited and open-ended psychotherapy modalities and can assist you in your journey of various lengths.
My clients typically experience me as warm, genuine, open, inquisitive, supportive, and gently challenging. In my work as a therapist, I am constantly inspired by the power of change that emerges from a collaborative and dynamic therapeutic relationship between the clients and myself. I believe that the goal of therapy is the expansion of psychological capacities for an individual. The changes that the individual undertakes in therapy include increasing greater flexibility in affective experiences and interpersonal relationships, which can further enhance an individual’s capacities to meet personal and interpersonal needs.
In working with clients from diverse backgrounds, I have come to appreciate the importance of self-reflection regarding my own cultural values. As an 1.5-generation Taiwanese-American, I am mindful of the multiple identities that I hold, in both marginalization and privilege. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to provide training presentations and workshops for university campuses and organizations on the topics of mental health awareness, emotional wellness, diversity issues, and multicultural competence. I am well equipped to serve as a consultant and educator to your business or organization on these topics.