I was born in China and grew up in both my country of origin and Sacramento, CA. My immigrant and bi-cultural backgrounds are important parts of my multiple intersecting identities. I received my bachelor’s degree from Smith College, where I majored in psychology and minored in studio art. Smith was where I found my passion for social justice and my voice as an advocate. I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2016 from the University of Oregon. I completed my APA accredited internship at the University of Oregon Counseling and Testing Center. I completed my postdoctoral residency at Strong Integrated Behavioral Health in Eugene, Oregon. I have extensive experience in residential treatment, private practice, university counseling center, community mental health, and primary care settings. I moved to Seattle to open my private practice. In my free time, I love to spend time with my partner and our two dogs, explore nature, travel to new places, and make delicious food.
I am a licensed psychologist with a private practice called Thrive for the People, PLLC, in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. I work collaboratively with adults who tend to be givers, healers, and fixers for others but feel depleted, empty, unworthy, lonely, and unsatisfied on the inside. I can help you reconnect with your whole and authentic self, create a more balanced life, prevent burnout, and develop mutually nurturing relationships. I work with couples who have grown distant to re-establish a safe and secure attachment bond. I can help you understand your relationship patterns, build empathy for each other's deepest longings and needs, and create long-lasting trust and intimacy.
I use an overarching feminist multicultural and interpersonal process framework, which means that I will explore with you the historical, societal, community, family, relationship, and personal factors that contribute to your concerns. I believe that our relationship is an important part of what makes therapy work. I will provide a supportive space with deep listening, warmth, understanding, encouragement, and gentle challenging. I use an integrative approach and I will tailor evidence-based treatment to your unique needs.
I believe that we all have the power to heal ourselves by getting in touch with our inner wisdom and nurturing our mind, body, and spirit. Together, we will explore the origins of your patterns of thinking/behaving/relating as well as the functions that these patterns serve, gain insight into your barriers to change, identify your strengths and resources, and practice new ways of coping in order to help you live a deeply satisfying life.
I am a bicultural and a bilingual therapist. I enjoy working with people of color and LGBTQ individuals. My focus areas include depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders and relationship concerns. I work from a Health at Every Size approach, which means that I value self-acceptance, body diversity, healthy lifestyle habits, intuitive eating, and joyful movement. I also offer online individual therapy for clients who reside in Washington State to make therapy more convenient and accessible.
I often bring my dog, Oliver, to work with me. He is a trained therapy dog and can provide a calming and grounding presence in the therapy room.