A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I am fortunate to love the work I do...
I bring a rich and varied work history to this work. I had many years as a small business owner, professional ballroom instructor and community volunteer with an undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University in Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology. I spend a semester studying abroad in Costa Rica. I graduated Magna Cum Laude, with various awards and published an article that assisted in the Cowlitz Indian Tribe's federal recognition.
I hold a Masters Degree from Santa Clara University in Counseling Psychology. I am licensed in the state of California.
My mental health career began as a parent-child and child therapist at Kidscope Center for Developmental and Behavioural Health in an interdisciplinary setting that included a team of Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and therapists. I provided assessment, child and dyadic therapy for children from 4-9 years old utilizing developmental, relational and trauma-informed models of practice. I continued my emphasis on children and families at Asian American Recovery Services working with children from 5-18 years old and parents.
I built my private practice with an emphasis in divorce, depression, anxiety, bipolar, life changes, stress and trauma in relational, psychodynamic, psycho-educational frameworks. Couple's therapy has always been a part of my practice.
Throughout my mental health career, I have specialized in separation and divorce. I provide Co-Parent Counseling, Divorce Coaching, Parenting Plan Mediation, Parent-Child Contact Problems counseling and am a Child Specialist in Collaborative Divorce where I work with a variety of specialists in the divorce arena.
Additionally, I have been a member of the AFCC, CAMFT and IACP for a number of years and am trained as a mediator and co-parent specialist.
I am very active in state and local level Collaborative Divorce Practice. I am Vice President of Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley and Chair of Public Education for Collaborative Practice California.
Specialties: Mental health challenges such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma, co-parenting and life transitions. Divorce, co-parenting and high conflict divorce are also specialties.