My therapy style is eclectic but heavily rooted in Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) as well as Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapies. I thrive in the diverse environment of the Bay Area and my upbringing. I was born and immigrated from Hong Kong, China at the age of one where my first language was Cantonese. I identify as being bi-cultural and bilingual, both Chinese and American. I am a skilled and seasoned clinician with experience in medical specialties such as HIV care, oncology, neurology, and pediatrics.
If there is one message I can share that is at the core of my work, it is that your story matters, your experiences matter, and you are not alone. You can be fearless in talking about things that trouble you. I approach my work without judgment and hold kindness, candor, and a sense of humor. I've been married for more than 20 years, and I am a parent to two multiracial adolescents who are Asian and Latino.
MSW - Social Work, San Francisco State University
I wanted to do work that had meaning, and value, and mattered to me. It makes me happy when I can participate in anyone's steps toward change and help them move toward a life they have always dreamed for themselves.
Spending time with family and friends. I enjoy music, film, running races, snow sports, fine dining, and fine wine.
I always make sure I have 30 minutes to do any of the following: breathe deeply, go outside, run, meditate, or listen to music.
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron because it teaches you to open your heart and live fearlessly.
It was also a book that I could not stop reading and it brought me a lot of comfort the first time I experienced a deep loss and felt very out of control.
Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek because at the very core of the organization is a mission to provide quality mental health care to its community without cost. All its services are absolutely free and the work environment really considers the staff's emotional health and well being.
I like to take long walks with my dog Max, look up at the sky, and notice the colors around me. I greatly enjoy being outdoors in nature.
I also like to run races, 5K and 10 K with my friends who are also runners.
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