I have a compassionate, science-based, and direct approach toward helping people find psychological relief. I am passionate about helping people achieve the most authentic version of themselves. By gently challenging you to question and shift your mental framework, I want to help you make decisions and take actions that are consistent with your values. The journey towards change must start with compassion. Only when we feel seen and heard, can we begin the process of transformation.
PhD - Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon
My parents were survivors of the Cambodian civil war so I developed an interest in how people react and respond to hardship and adverse events. My own experiences felt narrow – Asian American living in the inner city – but very different than what I saw around me. The differences between my experiences and the experiences of others, as well as the similarities, made me want to study human behavior and emotions. I wanted to better understand the universal experiences that unite us and make us human while exploring the unique events that distinguish us.
I am a very avid runner and reader. I use to train very hard as a college and post-collegiate athlete. I qualified for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic marathon trials but now run mostly recreationally. I also like spending time with my son and husband and running with friends on weekends.
I have read John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath more than once. He is very descriptive and his depictions of his characters are very perceptive and empathic. I think I also see similarities between the plight of the "Okies" and the refugee experiences of my own family. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn is another one I have read more than once. It is about a young girl growing up in a depressed urban area who finds solace and social mobility in education. Both books are a good example of how we can all be different but struggle with similar things.
I recharge by being outside in nature.
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