Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Location Served: Morgan Hill
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Accepts Insurance: No
Hello! If you are visiting my profile, I imagine that you are currently interested in some professional and personalized help. You are hoping to find a therapist who can understand you and help you to navigate the issues that are troubling you. Prior to beginning my counseling career, I worked as a youth minister at a Chinese megachurch in Silicon Valley. In this capacity, I worked closely with teens and, as a result, with their families as well. Although many of my own life experiences had previously nudged me toward pursuing a counseling career, it was ultimately witnessing family brokenness in my ministry vocation that catalyzed my decision to take that leap. I am currently a graduate student at Western Seminary and working as a marriage and family therapist trainee. My passion for this work flows from seeing how, through counseling, restoration and change are possible, even in the most hopeless of situations. It is my joy to walk alongside my clients to take small steps that set the course for long term, comprehensive change.
I take an evidence-based, integrated approach to counseling. I am person-centered in my work and place high value on making space for my clients to set the tone, the pace, and the direction for our work. Meeting my clients in that space, I provide a listening ear and a set of resources to facilitate my clients reflecting, reorienting, and rebuilding toward a wholeness. Change is not easy, but I believe that humans are naturally wired for it. With this hope, I work with my clients to achieve changes in their core beliefs which results in emotional and behavioral changes that lead to life transformation.
Area of Focus
Although I currently work with individuals and couples from a wide variety of ages and cultural backgrounds, I believe that my prior and current experiences working in ministry and school settings makes me particularly well-suited for working with children, teens, and emerging adults. I have experience in play therapy, which allows me to facilitate play that helps children to make meaning of and work out challenges that they don’t yet have words for. Meanwhile, I have experience that enables me to work with teens and emerging adults on topics such as identity, parent-child conflicts, and career.
Furthermore, as a second generation Vietnamese American and an active member and former minister at a Chinese church, I understand the cultural values of East and Southeast Asian people, and can tailor fit my approaches to clients from those backgrounds. Our work can include discussing cultural identity, the tug between one’s familial roots and the mainstream culture, and the implications of one’s cultural values on their relationships and decision making.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, UCLA; Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Western Seminary. (degree in progress)
(408) 778-5120 ext. 176
I do not accept insurance at this time