About

img_4197-e1539023696816.jpgI specialize in working with 1.5 – 2nd generation immigrants on issues such as anxiety, work stress, intergenerational trauma,  and cultural identity issues. I want to learn how your unique environment and experiences have shaped who you are today and the challenges that may occur as a result. I tend to be very active and engaged in sessions with my clients and enjoy discussing practical tools that may be helpful. I seek to understand you as you see yourself and provide treatment that aligns with your strengths and values.

It’s no small feat to do the work of exploring racial history, country of origin, intergenerational dynamics/trauma(s) and then having to navigate relationships. I can really empathize with this journey because I’ve done the work myself. My place of birth is Vietnam. My childhood and adolescence were spent in Vietnam and Northern CA. Southern CA is where I grew into my adult identity. I circled back to the Bay Area after a decade of life in San Diego. It’s been an interesting process learning to navigate two very different cultures and figuring out how I fit in with the rest of the world. For me, it took a lot of introspection, personal therapy, a few mistakes here and there, self-acceptance, and finally, celebration.

I am a cishet female who goes by the pronouns she/her/hers. In my free time, I like crafting fridge meals (90% success rate), being a plant and cat mom, and spending time with my partner and loved ones. I’m also fan of slow and compassionate transition to low waste and sustainable consumption.

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Education
MS, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy  – San Diego State University
BA, Human Development, Public Health and Social Issues – UC San Diego

Professional Associations
Therapist of Color
Asian American Psychological Association
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists  (CAMFT) – Lifetime Member
San Francisco Chapter of CAMFT

Professional Scholarship/Award
Emotionally Focused Therapy 4-day Externship with Sue Johnson – SFCEFT-2018
Mental Health Loan Assumption Program – San Diego County – 2014
Mental Health Loan Assumption Program – San Diego County –2013
MFT Consortium of CA State Recipient- Phillips Graduate Institute – 2012
MFT Consortium of CA County Recipient- San Diego County – 2012

Highlighted Clinical Training
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders – 2021
Black Minds Matter – 2020
Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples – 2018
Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference – 2017
Eating Disorders & Comorbidity – 2017
Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction – 2016
HIV/AIDS: Comprehensive Review – 2016
Multifaceted Challenges of Young Men Conference – 2015
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – 12 Month Training – 2014
Working with LGBTQ Youth – 2013
Depression Across the Lifespan: API Americans – 2013
Motivational Interviewing Certification –  2010

Other Clinical Work 
Intersections of Asian Identity, Languages, and Professional Education. Chapter co-author published in AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy – 2021
Integrating Asian Identity in Counseling. Lewis & Clark University. Presenter – 2020
Guest Podcast with Annie Schuessler – 2018
Careers in Mental Health. University of CA San Diego. Panelist – 2015
Cultural Awareness in Mental Health: Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese. San Diego Regional Center. Presenter – 2015
Careers in Mental Health. San Diego State University. Panelist – 2014, 2015
Careers in Mental Health. San Diego Community College. Presenter – 2012