Individual therapy with Tweens and Teens
Pre-adolescence and adolescence are arguably the most tumultuous, stressful times in a child’s life. As hormones make changes to their bodies, emotions are also more in flux and intensified, and can feel unpredictable and confusing. Thoughts such as “I don’t belong” or “What is the purpose of my life?”, “Everyone seems to be better than me” or “No one understands” start to swirl around like a storm in their minds, and can often cause a lot of mood swings that not only bring down the mood of the tween/teen, but also cause stress for the rest of the family who cares so much for them. Sometimes there can be worry or anxious thoughts such as "They are going to think I am weird" or "No one is going to like me" or "I am going to fail" that repeat in their minds that prevent them from being around their peers or doing as well as they want in school. Other times there can be unhealthy urges to do things such as cut on themselves, stress eat or restrict eating, or try substances when they want to distract from feelings that make them feel bad or are too painful. I can help the tween/teen to not feel so alone, feel understood, let go of worries and not let anxiety or depression bully them around. I can help them connect to what matters to them most, find their voice and direction, and live a life with purpose based on their value-driven choices, not what others or society has obligated or dictated them to do.
Parent and Family Therapy
“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Because the first bonds we develop in our lives are so influential in how we develop attachments with others and relate to ourselves, repairing rifts in the parent-child relationship can be the one of the most important things that people can do for themselves. It can help develop the capacity for forgiveness, compassion and acceptance for oneself and others. I strive to help parents be more in tune with what kind of parent they want to be, make mindful choices in order to better respond to their child’s needs in the moment, and help the parent and child feel more connected. I aim to help family members cultivate a respectful, intimate, and collaborative relationship with one another.
iNDIVIDUAL THERAPY WITH ADULTS
I help adult clients to have a more mindful way of connecting with those who are most important to them and what matters to them most, to ultimately help them live meaningful, gratifying lives, despite all of the pain and fears that they have been struggling with. Whether it is depression, anxiety, anger, fear, sorrow, or grief that has been a barrier for them, I am here to help clients build the strength and courage to help them live well and be their true selves.
supervision of post-doctoral residents
I also offer supervision of post-doctoral residents in their clinical and psychodiagnostic (intelligence, mood, personality functioning) assessment work. I have special interest in providing didactic training in and supervising the Rorschach.
Areas of Interest
Asian and Pacific Islander and diversity issues
Immigration and acculturation
ADHD and academic problems
Gender identity issues
Anxiety and OCD
Spirituality and religion