A little bit about me.
You may be here because you're looking for support and a space where you can be yourself, and you're wondering if I'm the right person to talk to.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #26831) in California, I provide support around anxiety, burnout, and life transitions. I also have an additional interest in helping people of color explore their cultural identities and find a sense of belonging.
I take a holistic approach with my clients, which is a flowery way of saying that I see you as a whole person living in a ridiculously messy world -- you are not a problem to be "fixed" (feel my air quotes there?). I won't peer over my reading glasses at you, silently scribbling notes while you sweat through awkward silence (at least, that's what I worried therapy would be like before I tried it myself). Instead, our sessions together are a collaborative process, starting from a place of curiosity and compassion.
Born in the Bay Area to Taiwanese immigrants, I grew up with each foot in a different culture and often felt like I didn't fully belong on either side. Perfectionism and anxiety were loyal companions of mine, and as a sensitive introvert, I felt things deeply that made me a little different from the people around me.
That sensitivity enabled me to make meaningful connections with people early on, and it's ultimately what led me to becoming a therapist. I've seen up close how a strong therapeutic relationship can be both a refuge and a tool for change.
What my clients say:
Clients have told me that they feel seen and understood in our work together. They appreciate my informal conversational style and are relieved that they can speak freely, knowing that I'll respond with empathy and a little humor sprinkled here and there. They know I'm not afraid to ask tough questions sometimes, but that I always respect their pace and readiness to talk about hard things. Most important, my clients share that they feel less alone as they navigate life's hairy complications.
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa, 2002
M.A., The University of Chicago, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, 2007
CA Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) #26831
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), Yoga Alliance, 2012