As a Taiwanese, I grew up in a culture that values “Yuanfen”(緣分), which can be used in describing different types of relationships. How the concept of “Yuanfen” impacts me is to cherish and value every encounter I have with an individual and not take things for granted. It is an honor and privilege for another human being letting me accompany them on their journey of healing and growing. In therapy sessions, I strived to build and create a safe and affirming space in my interactions with others by understanding clients in a holistic context, including intersectionality, cultural and systematic factors that influence their perception, life experiences, and presenting concerns.
I firmly believe that we are the expert of ourselves, and tend to work with clients collaboratively to create goals and direction that they want to head. I am passionate about helping clients realize and achieve their potential by focusing on their strengths and accomplishments as well as by reflecting on their skills to promote a positive self-concept. I also enjoy helping people become more aware of how the mind and body are connected. I have completed the basic training for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). I view EMDR as a technique that provides a way to release the memories and pain being stored in the body. I sometimes utilize art in the therapy sessions, given that sometimes we have no words to describe some of the experiences we had.
Clinical Areas of Interest
I consider myself as a generalist and enjoy working with a wide variety of presenting concerns. I am particularly interested in working with people who carry marginalized identities. I am specifically interested in working with international students, Asian Americans, LGBTQ+ populations, trauma survivors, underserved populations. I am also interested in career counseling.
I am currently a Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in the state of Iowa. I earned my bachelor’s degree back in Taiwan. I then chose to pursue a Master of Education degree in the Department of Education, School and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. The program at Mizzou made me want to learn more about multiculturalism and enhance my clinical skills more. I decided to continue my education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I received my Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology.
Outside of work, I like drawing, traveling to get to know different cultures and enjoy the natural beauty. I also love music, singing and playing piano.
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