As a clinical psychologist, my background is slightly atypical. I spent some time in Course 16 (Aero/Astro) before settling into Course 7 (biology) at MIT. I earned an Ed.M. in Counseling & Consulting Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and then went onto the CA School of Professional Psychology. This path has led me to think about problems differently, trained me in both analytical and developmental perspectives, and uniquely shaped my approach to therapy as I practice an advanced application of cognitive behavioral therapy called TEAM-CBT.
Change can be hard for anyone, and even when it’s not, it takes effort. In therapy, I get to help people learn self-corrective skills so if someone wants to feel better, it’s my privilege to assist. Therapy is tailored to the individual, rather than to the diagnosis, and my approach is based on how thoughts affect feelings. My goals are to facilitate, teach, and equip my clients with the tools they need to deal with their problems so I’m no longer needed in the equation.
Robert Frost wrote in a poem†: “only when love and need are one and the work is play for mortal stakes is the deed every really done for Heaven and the future’s sakes.” In life, we usually do what we have to do; sometimes we get to do what we love to do. If however, we are fortunate enough that our calling is our passion and, what we do has meaningful value for others, then there is a fulfillment achieved deeper than that of any of these elements alone. This ultimate end takes time and often along the way, we experience hurt, depression, anxiety, frustration, or loss. I hope that my work might offer you relief if you are feeling such pain to help you toward reaching your goals.
These are some specific areas for which I offer services:
- Anxiety & related disorders
- Mood problems (Depression, Bipolar)
- Parent-Child problems
- Couples therapy
- Relationship issues
- Adolescent therapy
- Child therapy
- Stress (Academic, Job-related)
- Behavior (Procrastination, organization)
- Life Changes (Weight loss, transitions)
- Christian counseling
- Services provided in English and Mandarin