US-Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California License: MFC98900)
M.A. Clinical Psychology (specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy) – Azusa Pacific University, California USA
Certified Practitioner in the following Evidence Based Practices: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Triple P – Parenting Programme (University of Queensland, Australia); Seeking Safety (for PTSD and addiction); MAP Managing and Adapting Practice for Depression, Anxiety, and Disruptive Behavior – for children and adolescents; AIM HI (Individualized Mental Health Intervention for Children with ASD).
Completed additional training: EMDR (part 1); The Incredible Years parenting; The Incredible Years for emotionally disturbed children; ICISF-accredited Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) courses – Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support, and Group Crisis Intervention.
Life is filled with changes. These changes happen in many ways, through roles and life stages, relationships, work environment, traumatic experience, grief, illness or illness with loved ones. Depending on our outlook and responses, these life changes can help us to grow or lead us to a path of deterioration. As a therapist, I value the importance of supporting my clients through changes toward holistic growth in the direction of healing, acceptance, and honesty. I see people as having what it takes within themselves to grow and self-regulate to their full potential. So my passion is to partner with my clients by meeting them where they are at, and helping them unlock their inner potential. I do this by helping clients increase self awareness of their present “here-and-now,” and developing a clear understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and choices. By doing so, clients are empowered to live a balanced life with joy, peace, and contentment.
I have been living, studying, and working in the United States for the last 11 years. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from University of North Texas and then completed my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. My masters degree is accredited by the American Psychological Association and has a specialty focus in marriage and family therapy. I received my US-license in Marriage and Family Therapy from the state of California, and I have been seeing clients in California for 6 years, from 2011-2017, in various settings including community health clinics, in-home visits, mental health in-patient residential homes, and public/private schools.
My journey to becoming a therapist started when I volunteered for a year upon graduating from North Texas to work at the Los Angeles Dream Center, a faith based non-profit organization working with at risk youth, homeless communities, and adults struggling with substance abuse issues. Through that experience, I came to understand the healing power of listening, and discovered my passion to assist others to grow in a holistic way. Over the years, I worked with people from diverse ethnicities and cultures (Asians, Caucasians, Latinos) and different age groups. However, I have most experience working with children and young adults through individual, family, and group therapy. I also specialise in providing parenting consultation. I partner with parents to give them the tools and confidence they need to be self-sufficient and able to manage family issues.
I have worked with children and adolescents who struggled with emotional/behavioral disturbances such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, eating disorders, selective mutism, at-risk behavior (suicidal thoughts or self-mutilation), and low self-esteem. Many of these children and adolescents have experienced trauma and/or grief around parental divorce, community violence/bullying, or abuse. Their difficulty in controlling emotions, their disorganisation, or their lack of attention, can all be easily misunderstood as being defiant.
Over the years, I have seen that when people are provided with the appropriate skills (communication skills, problem solving, stress management, cognitive coping) and a safe environment to express their thoughts and feelings, they are able to tap into and use their self-healing powers to make positive change happen. Through talk, play, and art therapy, I am able to work with my clients in an experiential way to model and role-play the skills they need to regulate their emotions and behavior.
For children with special needs, I specialize in providing skills training for low and high-functioning ADHD as well as related parenting support. I also provide ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) related social skills training and affect regulation support. While I am experienced working with children of both high- and low-functioning ADHD, I only work with children of high-functioning ASD (note: I do not do Applied Behavioural Analysis or Floor Time Therapy).
Children and adolescents progress best when their parents are actively involved in their treatment. Partnering with parents to help them improve communication with their child and meeting their child’s needs is something that I hold close to my heart. It is my joy to be able to work with families and support parents through their journey in building a respectful, loving, and healthy relationship with their child.
More than a decade of living and working in the USA has provided me with training to be culturally competent and to work effectively with a diverse population. I am open and comfortable to work with clients of all ethnicities, orientation, and spiritual practices, and I have had specific experience working with families from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. I am also open to extending my practice to work with adults, especially to help with emotional and behavioural self-regulation, or to learn skills to help overcome family-relationship difficulties involving communication, cross-cultural stress, or mental health challenges.
I believe in the strength that lies within all of us. I am committed to ethical care and to work with you collaboratively to find the balance in life in a holistic way.
English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bahasa Malaysia (intermediate).
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