I bring you 16 years of counseling experience, 5 years as a trainer of therapists, and a longer history of meditation practice. I currently teach at a graduate school in San Francisco and internationally in the field of family therapy. Psychotherapy, like other arts, requires extensive training and practice before mastery. I studied with my mentor at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto for 13 years to thoroughly master the skills of family therapy, and have sinced combined it with the latest in neuroscience research and somatic psychotherapies.
By awakening a mindful, curious presence, you and I can create a safe space to heal the difficulties of living. I especially love working with couples to heal their sexual intimacy issues, resolve their fights, and to quell the hurt and anger from past and present betrayals. Children also heal quickly when they feel the support of their families, so I collaborate with parents to help transition their children through periods of depression, anxiety, and anger. I’ve spent the past 5 years training in somatic healing modalities to resolve trauma issues including: sexual abuse, military service, and family violence.
As a Certified Psychotherapist™, I have a healthy respect for the wisdom of my clients. My approach is both compassionate and practical, providing clients with tools for daily life. Clients who appreciate mindfulness-based therapy combined with hypnosis and playful creativity will enjoy our work together.
Adjunct Faculty, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) 2016-current
Psychotherapist Trainer, Mental Research Institute 2012-current
Psychotherapist Intern, MRI 2004-2012
Clinician, Eastfield Minh-Quong, 2012-13
Clinician, Asian American Recovery Services, 2004-2009
Mental Health Therapist, Gardner Family Therapy, 2001-2003
Substance Abuse Specialist, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, 2000-2001
Masters in Clinical Psychology, Somatic Psychology emphasis, 2010
Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, CA
Bachelors of Arts, East-West Psychology emphasis, 1999
Naropa University, CO
License, Certifications & Awards
Guild Certified Feldenkrais ® Practitioner and Awareness Through Movement® Teacher, 2016
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy ™, Certified Practitioner, 2015
Marriage and Family Therapist License, 2015
Esalen Certified Massage Therapist, 2004
Certified Yoga Instructor, 2003 (Yoga Tune Up, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Vinyasa)
Strategic Family Systems Therapy