I received my Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology at the University of Santa Barbara, California (UCSB). The Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Program at UCSB is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and adheres to a scientist-practitioner model. Therefore, my training placed heavy emphasis on academic, research, and practitioner knowledge and skills.
My research was in the area of multicultural counseling competency with an emphasis on Asian American mental health. I have published in the Handbook of Counseling Psychology and I have presented at local and national professional conferences. I have conducted numerous presentations in university communities on topics including stress management, self-care/burnout, healthy relationships, sexual wellness, and diversity/cross cultural issues.
Prior to receiving my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, I received a Masters in Social Welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I pursued this degree because of my commitment to social justice and serving multicultural clientele. The education and training I received in Social Welfare has enriched my current professional identity as a psychologist. It provides me a wider understanding of how sociopolitical and cultural factors impact a person’s psychological and social well-being.
I earned a B.A. in Psychology and graduated with Cum Laude Honors at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
CLINICAL AND TEACHING
I am currently a private practitioner and adjunct faculty at California State University, Long Beach. My past clinical experiences include serving as a Senior Staff Psychologist at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) for 14 years and working at other university counseling centers (UCLA and CSULB) and community clinics.
I am trained in interpersonal, psychodynamic, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, and solution focused therapies. The emphasis of my training is on multicultural competency. My clinical approach with clients is integrative which means I tailor my approach to each client to support their worldview and values.
My clinical areas of expertise include: psychological wellness, identity/self growth, healthy
relationships, couples therapy, sexual wellness/sex therapy, mindfulness, life transitions, career, parenting, stress management/anxiety, depression and cross-cultural issues.
In addition to my clinical work, I have a passion for teaching. I am an Adjunct Faculty at the California State University, Long Beach. I teach counseling courses to graduate students training to be therapists. My teaching specialties include Human Sexuality, Couples Therapy, Counseling Theories, and Cross Cultural Counseling.
Teaching courses in my areas of clinical expertise allows me to keep abreast of new developments in the field and provides me with the great rewards of being a part of the professional development of therapists in training.