About

img_4197-e1539023696816.jpgI specialize in working with 1st and 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 session 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 parental 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 Northern CA. Southern CA is where I grew into my adult identity. 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 cisgender heterosexual female. I go by the pronouns she/her/hers. In my free time, I like crafting fridge meals (90% success rate), buying plants that I or my cats would eventually destroy, and spend time with my husband and loved ones. Recently, I’ve been enjoying housebound hobbies such as fermentation, baking and potted gardening. I’m also fan of slow and compassionate transition to low waste and sustainable consumption. Since 2016, I’ve been actively making my practice primarily paperless and strive to use sustainable products in my office and my home.

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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
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
Cutting Edge Biologic Therapies for Sexual Dysfunction – 2012
Undercover Anti-Bullying Teams – 2012
Motivational Interviewing Certification –  2010

Other Clinical Work 
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