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Branch of Grape Leaves





- B.S. in Psychology, Beijing University, China

- M.A. in Cognitive Psychology, The University of Chicago

- M.A. in Counseling (Marriage, Family and Child), Palo Alto University

- J.D. in Law, The University of Chicago Law School


Psychotherapy is a continuing journey for therapists as much as it is for our clients.  Ongoing personal and professional growth is my commitment to you as your therapist and to myself.  Recent experiences include:​

Hakomi Mindfulness Somatic Psychotherapy - Individual, Couples and Family

Hakomi Institute of California:

  • Mindfulness-Centered Couples Therapy program, by Rob Fisher (2021)

  • Hakomi Essential Skills (2021)

  • Hakomi Comprehensive Training - Level 1 certificate (2021-2022)

  • Hakomi Professional Training - Level 1 - Teaching Assistant (ongoing since 2022)

  • Hakomi Consultation Group - couples (ongoing since 2021)

  • Hakomi Consultation Group - individual therapy (ongoing since 2022)

  • Hakomi Consultation Group - International (ongoing since 2022)


Couples Therapy:

Gottman Institute:

  • Level I Certificate (2017)

  • Level II Certificate (2020)

Relational Life Institute, by Terry Real:​

  • Couples Experiential Workshop (2021)

  • Relational Life Therapy - Level 1 completed (2021)

  • Healing Power of Relationship Summit (2022)

  • Couples Therapy consultation group (ongoing since 2020)

Esther Perel

  • Annual clinical training - Sessions Live 2022

Couples Institute (Menlo Park, CA): 

  • The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, 2019-2020

  • Numerous workshops by founders Dr. Bader and Dr. Peterson

Dr. Marty Klein: 

  • Sexual Intelligence Workshops

  • Couples Therapy Consultation Group (8/2020-5/2021)


Grief and Trauma

  • Kara-Grief Support (Palo Alto, CA), grief therapy 2016-2019

  • Intensive Trauma Treatment Course, by Bassel van der Kolk (2018)

  • Grief Summit (4/2021)

  • Suicide Prevention Summit (8/2021)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive - Pesi/Lane Pederson (12/2022)

Contemplative Practice:

  • Compassion Cultivation Training, CCARE, Stanford University, 2018

  • Compassion Immersion-2, 2018

  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), full training, UCSF - Osher Center, 2020

  • Hakomi mindfulness practice

  • I practice meditation and believe that mindful living brings us joy, compassion and purpose. 



I believe that volunteerism is a beautiful way of cultivating and sharing purpose and love in the community and in my own life.

  • Grief support: Kara-Grief Support, group facilitator and community outreach team member (2016-present)

  • CISM: trained in Basic and Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), with Bay Area CISM Team (Janet Childs), 2018, 2019.

  • Equity in childhood education: Family Connections, Board member (2013-14); Program Committee member (2014-2020)

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