If you have butterflies in your stomach, invite them into your heart.
-- Cooper Edens
I'M A LICENSED PSYCHOTHERAPIST based in the San Francisco Bay Area and, through teletherapy, work with clients throughout the State of California. I am a member of both the state CAMFT and the Santa Clara Valley chapter of CAMFT.
Although I majored in psychology in my undergraduate (Beijing University, China) and graduate program (University of Chicago), I didn't become a psychotherapist until much later in life. In my 20's and 30's, I practiced law with dual license in New York and California, worked in investment banking, advised and invested in startups, and started a family. I traveled extensively for work and lived in many high energy but also high stress metropolitan areas, from New York, Chicago and Silicon Valley in the U.S. to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in Asia.
These lived experiences have proven to be invaluable strengths and assets now in my psychotherapy practice. I understand, at a much deeper level and in a more nuanced way, the demands and uncertainties in today's competitive work/life dynamics and their impact on individuals, relationships and families. As a bilingual, bi-cultural psychotherapist, I am also keenly aware of a wide array of cultural factors that impact my clients, regardless of their own race or ethnicity.
I firmly believe that everyone of us is fundamentally resourceful and capable. My approach therefore is strength-based and rooted in humanistic/existential principles. In addition, I incorporate attachment theory, system thinking, and contemporary knowledge of interpersonal neurobiology.
Effective psychotherapy is both a science and an art. Not only does it require skills, insight and experiential depth on the part of the therapist but it also depends on the good fit between the therapist and you. I offer a free, 15-minute initial consultation over the phone or Zoom so that we can mutually assess if I can be a good match for you.
I am bilingual in English and Mandarin.