Change starts from acknowledging who you are. It takes time to understand yourself and work through what has happened in the past. But once you know yourself, the actual change happens silently – you might not even realize it is happening. Knowing yourself allows you to not repeat what you have done or what you have seen. After you reflect on your past, if something similar happens again, you can see the events happening with more clarity and you don’t react to create the same mistakes.
We live in a fast-paced society and we never really get to sit down and be with ourselves. Therapy allows you to slow down and reflect who you are as a person, friend, partner, daughter/son/child, parent/dog-mom/cat-dad, person who lives in the US. Your cultural background, your family history, your identities are all important. Once you understand how all of this influences the way you react today, you will better understand how to have kindness for yourself and choose the way you respond to things.
I definitely would like the space to be very welcoming. I want to make you feel comfortable. I want you to see me not as an authority figure but as a person, someone you can trust, someone you think you can open up to. I hope that the questions I ask you inspire you to see your own courage and strengths. I hope the questions I ask encourage you to reflect, to challenge yourself, and to grow.
I hold a bachelor of science degree in Applied Psychology and a master of arts degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. My previous training experiences include clinical work with young adults with diverse cultural backgrounds. My training focuses on cross-cultural counseling and rational emotive behavior therapy. As a bilingual therapist, I offer therapy in English and Mandarin Chinese.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate with the State of Washington (#MC61467555). I regularly seek consultation from colleagues as well as my licensed supervisor, Katherine Walter, MSW, LICSW, CSW-G (LICSW #LW 60136151).