Psychotherapist x Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Hi, it's nice to meet you. I am an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT 119262), registered in the state of California. I'm dedicated to helping others find mental, emotional and relational well-being (you can read more about my approach below).
Prior to mental health, I worked in a corporate, creative industry for several years. As a self-described Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and proud INFP, I realized my superpowers of observation and kindness could be better served in another field. My first step into mental health was through yoga and meditation. Over the past few years, I've taught at various organizations throughout Los Angeles, including AT&T, USC, Horizon Media and Zuber Lawler. Today, I often incorporate mindfulness and body-awareness practices into my psychotherapy work with clients.
I offer psychotherapy through Manhattan Beach therapy practice, Yellow Chair Collective, under the supervision of its founder, Linda Yoon, LCSW 85339. It is my honor to accompany my therapy clients on their inner healing journeys. Throughout all of my work with clients, I bring a holistic mind-body perspective, my own experiences as a second-generation Chinese-American, and, of course, humor.
I believe that healing takes place in relationship, one that lets you fully be yourself. That means, I won't tell you what you should think or feel. Instead, I help you find your inner compass—an inner respite of calm, confidence and clarity. Through a variety of evidence-based approaches (below), we'll co-create a nurturing space that allows you to develop greater self-awareness, instill trust and compassion towards yourself, and integrate both mind and body into a whole sense of self.
This approach invites one to break out of habitual thought patterns and instead to get in touch with their present-moment experience—what is here-and-now. This allows previously masked or avoided emotions (even ones related to the past) to surface. With greater awareness and acceptance (but not resignation), new meaning and more choices become possible. Only when one stops trying to become someone else—and instead is present with themselves as they actually are right now—can change occur.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) enables people to heal from the emotional distress and negative self-limiting beliefs that result from disturbing life experiences (i.e., trauma). Eye movements (similar to those in REM sleep) activate the brain's information processing system, tapping into one's natural healing abilities. EMDR differs from common forms of psychotherapy: It has a more structured process and does not require one to go into detail about the events of the trauma.
INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS (IFS)
Ever feel conflicted? IFS identifies and tends to the various "parts" within one's mental system. Some parts may represent wounded selves and painful emotions, while other parts try to control or protect the whole "system" (that is, you!) from that pain. IFS aims to connect one with their Self (the compassionate, confident and curious whole person at the core of every person) and alleviate emotional distress and confusion by changing the relationships between Self and all parts. In IFS, all parts are welcome.
Polyvagal theory empowers people to navigate their emotional responses with greater ease. Instead of searching for an external explanation as to why one feels a certain way, this approach is rooted in understanding one's own nervous system. It teaches one to befriend our mind-body's natural responses and to build one's capacity to ride the waves of big emotions. This doesn't erase or cover up negative emotion or pain, but instead it allows one to access to their natural capacity to heal.