Feeling better about yourself, your life and others around you are all big steps toward getting healthier. Helping patients get past life-disrupting issues and get back on track to living happier, more fulfilling lives.
I offer individual and group services to people with different kinds of life circumstances, disabilities and goals. I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor & Certified Rehabilitation Counselor providing evidenced based mental health care and vocational counseling for adolescents and adults. I specialize working with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders & have since 1996. I enjoy working with individuals facing difficult life circumstances, challenging adjustments, and reconciling past issues. My specialties include working with people with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Learning Disabilities and ADD/ ADHD.
I offer 100% teletherapy for adults (individuals and couples). The foundation of my practice is based on attachment and guided by research and work by Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. John Gottman. I am passionate about helping others strengthen and build secure attachments. My work is centered around treating anxiety, depression, women’s issues, self-esteem issues, trauma, grief, and attachment disorders. The treatment modalities I utilize are attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), feminist perspective, the Gottman Method, motivational interviewing, and Trauma Focused-CBT to name a few.
I believe that change can best occur by supporting an individual in developing ways to cope with their internal world, as well as supporting beneficial interpersonal relationships in their life. If you are an individual struggling with emotional disorders, trauma, stress, or peer relationships, we can work together to address those issues successfully. If you are a family or couple struggling with conflict, substance abuse, or general life transitions, I can help your family explore how your relationships can be optimized to increase your ability to meet life's many demands.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, MEd, MSW, LICSW
I am passionately committed to helping you with issues of loss, sadness, anger, anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, trauma, and relationship problems. I am comfortable working with preteens, teens, young and older adults, couples, and families. I offer you a warm, safe nonjudgmental space in which you and I can work together to discover tools which will enable you to build more authentic joyful connections and intimacy with yourself and within your interpersonal relationships. I draw from a wide variety of theories, techniques, and approaches that will enable you to move deliberately and comfortably towards your goals.
Throughout one’s life, we have a multitude of experiences that shape every aspect of our lives. Walking into new experiences we bring those lived experiences with us no matter if they are healthy or unhealthy. Together we would explore the questions you have about your life and what your goals are. Through reflection, questioning, and exploring your thoughts and emotions we can adventure together to a more positive you. I use a strength-based, trauma-informed approach. I believe that all of us have the tools within us to overcome what life throws at us.
My expertise lies in supporting children, adolescents, families, and parents with their mental health, and working alongside them to accomplish their goals. Through individual and family work, as well as parent training, I strive to provide my client's with the resources they need to support long lasting healing, and flourishing mental health. Whether your symptoms are mild or severe, my belief is that everyone can benefit from exploring their mental health and psychology. Positive change, healing, and growth are available to anyone interested in pursuing them.
As an Asian-American, I am passionate about the intersections of mental health, faith, and race. Your cultural upbringing, ethnically or religiously has shaped you, both in life-giving and painful ways. I see you sitting in that tension. I see your exhaustion from fighting negative voices that pervade your thoughts. I see the effort you’ve made to keep going despite constantly "feeling behind" and stuck. You desire to not only know the truth in your head, but to feel it in your gut as well. You want to see movement towards what you truly care about and to take up more space: to know that your voice matters.
I specialize in with complex eating disorders and trauma. If you have spent time in treatment for an eating disorder and are looking for support in your day-to-day life while pursuing recovery, I might be a good fit for you.
My approach to counseling is to create a safe space for growth and healing. I believe that growth and healing happen when people recognize that they have a circle of care (including clinicians) that show them empathy and support, that they can rely on and recognize that they have their best interests in mind. My therapeutic techniques include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Therapy to create an atmosphere where the client recognizes that they are in control of their therapeutic experience.
My heart in therapy is to grow a trusting and genuine relationship. To create a meaningful experience that moves you toward a more authentic way of being. For you to be witnessed without shame, have self-acceptance, and establish safe connections in your life. For you to be seen and known through curiosity and empathy. That together, in a safe and brave space, we can explore your personality, attachment style, family of origin, past and present experiences, and valued relationships. And that through this work, you can heal, grow, and integrate all the complex and beautiful parts of yourself.
Adjustments, stress, dis-order, and dis-ease occur throughout our lifetime requiring our attention. My therapeutic style is informed from experience & education, and influenced through holistic (whole person) & clinical systems. Today, our community and personal lives are overwhelmed by chronic stress of information bombardment, employment & financial concerns, safety for ourselves & family, and concerns for community & country politics. Anxiety is amplified by excessive stress, and those feelings once under control may now need reinforcement. A mental health check up can be very reassuring. Perspective challenges are adaptable.
Life is challenging, and we often come to a point where we need to reach out for help. Whether we are feeling overwhelmed or just stuck in life, we all need a place where we feel safe, seen, and known. I strive to make therapy that empathetic space where you can open up about your struggles.
Pain is the best teacher, but often it can be difficult to understand what emotional pain is trying to speak. It may be trying to get your attention through an unwanted behavior, an unbearable feeling, or an unbreakable thought pattern. It may show itself in repeated relational dysfunction, addiction, or disturbances in mood or sleep. I find I work well with people who are exhausted from trying to manage or control emotional pain, and are ready to face it holistically and head-on. I also help people suffering from complicated and acute psychological problems which have not responded well to other therapy treatments.
I serve a wide range of clients. I believe individuals are more than an inflexible set of theories. Thus, I strive to foster a therapeutic relationship above all else. I think this is the essential aspect that a clinician can bring to all therapeutic endeavors. Additionally, though I will contribute a proficiency in psychology to our clinical association, I merely assist you in realizing the change you want to see. I feel you are the expert regarding the circumstances of your unique situation. Consequently, I take pride in assisting individuals in dealing with life’s challenges.
1 in 5 women will experience a clinical mood or anxiety disorder during and/or after pregnancy. Between 25-34% of women report their births as traumatic. Following the birth, some go on to develop Postpartum PTSD. The earlier there is support during this vulnerable and often overwhelming time, the adjustment to motherhood is less bumpy. I work with women (and their partners) to manage anxiety, depression, fear around motherhood and birth, postpartum PTSD and planning for postpartum support. I offer support during pregnancy and postpartum in a couple different ways. Traditional therapy, short-term home visits, or consulting.
Do you feel stuck, overwhelmed, anxious, low mood, or in need of big change? I support clients facing challenges across life circumstances: pregnancy, parenting, college, career, health changes, relationship shifts, identity exploration, or grief & loss. My clients are interested in looking closer at how thoughts and behavior patterns get in the way of living the life they want to live--with a willingness to discover what matters most and try new ways of dealing with stressors to achieve the vision you have for your life.
Because healing is unique for each of us, we will develop an individualized therapeutic experience for you. I will meet you where you’re at, while continually maintaining unconditional positive regard for you. I am committed to providing a safe, judgment free, trustworthy, and supportive healing environment. It is my honor to partner with you in your healing journey of self-discovery to recognize your strengths and unique traits, at the core of who you are. While we engage in a personalized therapeutic process, you will be encouraged to develop new perspective and healthy methods of doing things that work best for you.
I work to best understand your perspective, provide empathetic listening, and teach skills to build resiliency against depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have a unique understanding of cultural issues that often impact how we live. I work from the perspective that we are influenced and impacted by the people and situations in our lives. Understanding how these relationships and events affect us, helps us to better understand our behavior and allow for positive growth. I believe that through working together, each individual/family has the capacity to develop skills that promote living a meaningful, healthy, and purpose-filled life.
If you're wanting to start couples therapy, but your partner isn't, you've come to the right place. While there are many couples therapists out there who will work with both of you as a pair, I'm a therapist who does individual relationship work. I'm here for you if you're wanting to repair your relationship, but find yourself doing that work alone without your partner's support. I don't want you to suffer and feel stuck just because your partner isn't ready to do therapy with you. You may be wondering if talking about your relationship issues without your partner there will actually help and it can in a number of ways.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Lynnwood are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Lynnwood then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Lynnwood, or Child Psychologists in Lynnwood.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Lynnwood psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Lynnwood specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.