Berkeley Psychotherapy Service
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Imagine You Are Free To Be YOU!
Maybe you're here because you are needing to find a therapist you can trust and believe has your best interests at heart. Someone you can freely talk with who understands your experience and to talk about your issues including privilege, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or race in an open and sustainable way. Or you are not a black or brown person and feel the disenfranchisement of being Asian. Or you want to work with someone who is different from you, not in your community, to work on issues such as white privilege.
Or maybe you're here because there is an inner critical voice that tells you that you're not good enough, something is wrong with you, or that you don't matter. You are confused and doubt yourself. You are struggling with self-esteem, meaning, or purpose.
Imagine addressing unnamed wounds of childhood. Imagine talking about your feelings of shame, self-hate, and self-doubt or imposter syndrome. Imagine healing these unnamed wounds that led to the human suffering and often showed up as emotional dysregulation, despair, anxiety and depression. Unmute yourself to ask the unasked questions and reclaim your voice!
My style is compassionate, collaborative, and empowering. Take a look around to learn more about my practice and let's talk about how we can help you reach your fullest potential!
WHAT I DO
Therapy is most useful for helping us get out those things that are out of our awareness. For example, sometimes when people get out of a relationship and they will say I’m never gonna date that kind of person again and they mean it 100%! Then they get into the next relationship and in a few months, they're like, oh my gosh! This person's like that too! Or people make vows like I'm not gonna do xyz anymore, and then they find themselves doing it again. This is something that we all do and it suggests that there are some things that are operating a little out of our awareness that exert an influence and that's the kind of thing that I'm interested in getting at.
WHO I WORK WITH
Professionals in their 20' and 30's
Multiracial people or people of mixed race
LGBTQIA and non-binary gender populations
1st and 2nd generation Asian Americans
THERAPY FOR PROFESSIONALS
I specialize in helping professionals navigate work and personal life. One of the most common reasons for entering therapy is the problem of finding and maintaining a stable and loving relationship that feels safe and nourishing.
THERAPY FOR TRAUMA
Intergenerational trauma and collective stressors are in-born and live in our body. Therapy is a method of treatment that offers a way of understanding ourselves, our relationships, and how we conduct ourselves in the world. Therapy helps people learn how they became who they are and why they do and feel the things they do. This understanding paves the way towards the emotional capacity necessary to make connections to our collective suffering and formally feel the grief and honor the pain of our ancestors.
THERAPY FOR POC
Having a POC (people of color) therapist can help anyone belonging to any level of marginalization to feel safe and thus enable one to feel understood. It is this growing awareness of your mind that gradually opens the possibility for change, which can lead to increased self-compassion and a greater sense of agency in one’s own life and have successful ways of coping. It is possible to experience deep emotional connections with others and meaning in life.
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As a bicultural person growing up in Taipei and San Francisco Chinatown, I was surrounded by multi-cultural diversity from a young age. Since then, I've been interested and noticed when I feel different or feeling like the other. I found psychotherapy to be frequently absent in API culture. In API/Asian-American families, talking about issues and everyday problems with each other is not very commonplace. When personal issues arise, it remains within the individual and becomes an invisible struggle, sometimes unbeknownst to the individual themselves. Further, Asians are less likely to seek therapy. When issues that arise are not addressed while in the family, it remains dormant, undigested, and eventually needs to be processed later on in life. The work of psychotherapy can be invaluable for one's health and well being. I have an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and a Master's of Science degree in Counseling from San Francisco State University. I speak conversational Mandarin.
As a masculine-presenting queer POC, I formerly worked as a corporate management in Fortune 50 companies and small non-profits. I have worked in middle and high school students for 8 years.I know how hard it is to deal with microaggressions and more overt oppression as a token minority. I understand what it's like trying to navigate job stress, the frustrations of working in corporate and non-profit organizations.
A Psychotherapist Can Help You:
My fee is $175 a session. Sessions are 50 minutes. An initial consultation can help determine if psychotherapy is the best option for treatment. The initial consultation is $175. Checks, Venmo, Zelle Pay, and Paypal are accepted for payment.
While I am not on any insurance panels, I am happy to provide you with a monthly statement so you can seek reimbursement if your insurance provider covers a portion of your out-of-network care. HMO’s do not provide reimbursement for out of network, but PPO providers often cover 60-80% of the cost.
The Board of Behavioral Sciences receives and responds to complaints regarding services provided within the scope of practice of (marriage and family therapists, licensed educational psychologists, clinical social workers, or professional clinical counselors). You may contact the board online at www.bbs.ca.gov, or by calling (916) 574-7830.
My cancellation policy is 48 hours notice.
To find out more, call (628) 266-2267 for questions or to request a consultation appointment.
East Bay Practice
3120 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
(10-12 minute walk from BART)
San Francisco Practice
San Francisco Therapy Collective (Castro neighborhood)
2275 Market Street, Ste E (cross at Noe Street) San Francisco, CA 94114