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I work collaboratively with adults who tend to be givers, healers, and fixers for others but feel depleted, empty, unworthy and unsatisfied on the inside. I can help you reconnect with your authentic self, create a more balanced life, prevent burnout, and develop mutually nurturing relationships. I work with couples who have grown distant to heal their wounds and recreate a loving attachment bond. I use an overarching feminist multicultural and interpersonal process framework, which means that I will explore with you the historical, societal, community, family, relationship, and personal factors that contribute to your concerns. I believe that our therapeutic relationship is an important vehicle for change. I will provide a supportive space with deep listening, warmth, understanding, encouragement, and gentle challenging. I am responsive to the unique needs of each individual and will tailor my interventions to you.
I believe that we all have the power to heal ourselves by getting in touch with our inner wisdom and nurturing our mind, body, and spirit. Together, we will explore the origins of your patterns of thinking/behaving/relating as well as the functions that these patterns serve, gain insight into your barriers to change, identify your strengths and resources, and practice new ways of coping in order to help you live a deeply satisfying life.
I am a bicultural and a bilingual therapist. I enjoy working with people of color and LGBTQ individuals. I work from a Health at Every Size approach, which means that I value self-acceptance, body diversity, healthy lifestyle habits, intuitive eating, and joyful movement. I often bring my dog, Oliver, to work with me. He is a trained therapy dog and can provide a calming and grounding presence in the therapy room.
I was born in China and grew up in both my country of origin and Sacramento, CA. My immigrant and bicultural backgrounds are important parts of my multiple intersecting identities. I received my bachelor’s degree from Smith College, where I majored in psychology and minored in studio art. Smith was where I found my passion for social justice and my voice as an advocate. I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2016 from the University of Oregon. I completed my APA accredited internship at the University of Oregon Counseling and Testing Center. I completed my postdoctoral residency at Strong Integrated Behavioral Health in Eugene, Oregon. I recently moved to Seattle to open my private practice with Associates in Behavioral Health. In my free time, I love to spend time with my partner and our two dogs, explore nature, travel to new places, and make delicious food.
As a Licensed Psychologist, I am insurance eligible for all insurance carriers in Washington State. I am not on panel with any insurance company. My clients see me on an out-of-network basis or pay for sessions out of pocket. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, please contact your insurance company prior to our first meeting and ask what the out-of-network reimbursement would be for outpatient, in-office psychotherapy. The specific amount of this reimbursement depends on your plan. I will provide you with the statements your insurance requires.
Schedule a free 15 min phone consultation with me to see if we are a good fit: https://thriveforthepeople.clientsecure.me