For women looking to grow, expand and heal in their relationships. This group will explore here and now, relational concerns and desires as they arise in real time with others in the group. Connection and application made to life outside of the group.
For women of the Christian faith who are interested in the psychological AND in hearing what God has to say about the issue(s).
For Black women working with Black women, interested in exploring how we deal with the unique intersectional transference and countertransference that arise in treatment when working within our communities.
Therapy is successful when one feels heard, understood, and accepted. Regardless of circumstances, my priority is to help you feel comfortable enough to explore unfamiliar territory. My role is simply to guide you towards asking the hard questions, in becoming curious about your life and encourage you to explore new behaviors and ways of thinking. You and I will address your most immediate and important concerns, while also paying attention to underlying issues and reworking old behavioral patterns and ways of living that you feel are no longer helpful to you.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago and a PhD from Smith College School for Social Work. My experience is based on of post graduate training, professional experience and lived experience. My work has involved working with trauma survivors of all ages, as well as the conditions that are most commonly associated such as eating disorders, self injury, behavioral addictions (shopping, emotional eating, gaming etc.) and depression.
My mission is to help those who have experienced trauma rebuild from brokenness, thereby creating more meaningful lives and relationships. Although trauma is commonly associated with life threatening events, I use a broader definition in my work. I believe that any experience that has a negative impact and interferes with healthy functioning, can be traumatic. I am honored to walk alongside you in this journey.
I teach chronic dieters how to become “normal eaters”. Have you been dieting most of your life and you realize it’s just not working…but you’re thinking about trying yet another one. Have you joined and rejoined WW over the years, even reaching lifetime status but always gained the weight back… but here you are, ready to join again. The chatter in your head is never ending and your brain won’t stop obsessing…but you’re looking up another recipe, watching another cooking show, planning another menu, going to another blog…. You’re thinking three words… I’m. So. Done. I can help you get off of the diet roller coaster.
You have been listening to Diet Culture messages your entire life and it is natural to internalize them and be self-critical. You don’t have to do that anymore. Your value is not dependent on your weight or body size. You are enough in your now body. Food is not good or bad. It’s just food. You don’t have to be hypervigilant or asahmed of what you eat.
Food is both for pleasure and fuel. You don’t have to rely on anyone else to tell you what to eat. You have agency to choose to eat whatever feels right for you. It starts with education that leads to transformation: about culture, mindset, Intuitive Eating, body neutrality, and shame resilience. It’s learning to trust yourself and to trust your body.
As a therapist, I see myself as a collaborator in an unfolding process of collective liberation. I take a holistic approach grounded in cultural humility and an understanding that our lived identities and ancestral lineages greatly impact our struggles and paths to wellness.
I received an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz. I approach therapy with an interest in spirituality, archetypes, and consciousness. I am also grounded in material realities and bring a critical social justice framework to my practice. Issues related to racism, colonization, and assimilation are key areas of focus for me. Additionally, I have devoted several years to intersectional gender-justice work centered on the experiences of female, trans, and non-binary people, especially youth.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area and identify as mestiza or multiracial with recent generations of my family immigrating from the Philippines and Guatemala. Outside of my family of origin, I’ve found community through participation in DIY & QTPOC arts and music scenes and activist groups.
Tending to ourselves empowers us to more positively evolve our relationships, communities, and world. Supporting you in nurturing self-compassion, connecting to your inner-wisdom, and aligning with your personal values is my intention.
Do you have an immediate family member who has or has had
substance use challenges within your family? What is the impact of this
experience on your sense of self and on the health of the family as a whole?
How does this dynamic impact your relationships? What are the best ways to
implement and navigate boundaries (e.g. when a family member who struggles
with substance use asks for money)? This group is open to people of diverse
backgrounds and its goal will be to foster empathic, kind relationships among
members while providing a safe space to process one’s feelings about the past
and present family experiences in an emotionally-focused manner. The group
will be smaller in size than Al-Anon and allow for back-and-forth
communication between members to a greater degree than
typical Al-Anon groups.
In time, the goal of the group will be to promote emotional openness, a strong
sense of self, healthy boundaries, and serenity inside and outside of the group
*Prior to the official start date, two pre-interview sessions will occur to go
over group policies/boundaries, to ensure level of fit for this group, and/or
to help find a group that fits your current needs.
Please note, for those who struggle with substance use, it will be best to address
this in individual therapy/another group whose purpose it is to address
substance use directly given the unique nature of this group’s focus on
experiences with family/family member(s).
I specialize in empowering people who have experienced trauma, depression, and anxiety to access their innate resilience and healing which persist in spite of stressful life circumstances. It inspires me to make restorative connections with people built on mutual trust, safety compassion, and positive regard to get results, I combine trauma-focused and trauma-informed CBT with integrative mind-body practices, psychodynamic/psychoanalytic techniques, and Mindfulness breathwork, which together promote healing on a conscious and unconscious level.
My journey as a therapist started seven years ago during a nine year career as a high school teacher and interim dean of students. While I love children, I ultimately realized my true path lies in serving others in the clinical realm working with adults. I have always been passionate about nutrition, hiking, mental health, exercise/athletics, dreams, music, art, and spirituality, and like Carl Jung, I believe that it is who you are that heals rather than simply what you know.
An ideal patient for me is three-fold: you are a person who is committed to finding your true essence, you are interested in dreams and open to writing them down, and you are seeking to love yourself and others more compassionately. While dreams can be an important resource during therapy, they are not a prerequisite for working with me. I am privileged to be your fellow traveler, and I look forward to joining you on a path of self discovery.
Rooted in trauma-informed social justice and holistic perspectives, I’m passionate about facilitating transformative healing processes and empowering skill-building with people of all ages. Together, we can attend to what is happening and needed on the levels of mind, heart, body, and spirit for healing trauma and nurturing resilience.
You can expect me to be warm and curious, honest and engaged, open-minded and deeply affirming. I hold deep appreciation for multicultural experience and identity, and it’s especially meaningful for me to work with people who are marginalized by institutions of power and privilege.
I move through the world as a second generation Asian American woman, empath, life long learner, auntie, evolving spirit, and lover of nature, creative expression, and embodied movement. I believe in the power of joy, vulnerability, and authentic expression in forging a path towards personal and collective liberation.
As a psychotherapist, I work on the level of the heart. I bring warmth, presence, deep empathy, and unconditional compassion to my clients. My work is grounded in mindfulness which allows us to open up to our experience with presence and compassion which supports change rather than judgment which keeps us stuck. I believe we have a natural capacity for growth, healing, and self-actualization which often gets blocked by our beliefs. I blend mindfulness based therapies such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Somatic Awareness with other evidence-based modalities such as Internal Family Systems and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. I also draw from Non-Violent Communication to teach effective communication skills.
What I love most about doing therapy is helping people find self-love and grow their self-worth. I’m passionate about providing an emotionally safe and physically comfortable space for people to connect with themselves and express their deepest truths. I feel a deep honor to be a compassionate witness, support, and guide through times of both darkness and light.