I've known I wanted to be a psychologist, since I was 10-years-old. I couldn't wait to "grow up" and learn as much as I could to be a psychologist. I loved learning and loved school, seriously. (If I could get paid to go to school, I'd probably be a professional student on the side).
I believe it is important to have a well-rounded work history in order to better understand and help my clients. Thus, I've worked in a variety of settings such as community mental health, school-based, inpatient, outpatient, residential, and primary care/OB-GYN. Populations I've worked with include the lifespan from toddlers to geriatrics.
The majority of the work I do is based in solution-focused brief therapy although I utilize techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. The techniques I utilize with clients will depend on each client's specific need(s) and goal(s).
My clinical interests include perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), multiracial identity development, sexual health awareness, anxiety, depression, and transitions in life stages and roles.
Currently, I am one of the few licensed psychologists in Kentucky and Ohio, who is certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C). I have also received training in perinatal bereavement through Resolve Through Sharing.
In addition to therapy, I began life coaching during the pandemic. However, I prefer to call it mentoring, as I believe the term mentoring better encompasses the nature of the relationship. I found some of my clients needed support through various life stages, transitions, and circumstances but did not meet criteria for a clinical diagnosis nor were they an appropriate candidate for traditional therapy.
**I have experience working with those who identify as poly, KINK, and/or LGBTQ+. This is a safe space.
I am a proud, mixed Asian American hailing from Hawaii. My family is also comprised of Japanese Americans and Mexican Americans.
I am a blessed, proud mama to extremely opposite in every way children. My children literally keep me on my toes thanks to all the Legos and Pawl Patrol - didn't you know the staircase is the "best" place for Paw Patrol pups to go on missions? In addition to my children, I also live with my incredibly patient, calm partner and our lab, who I was told would only shed twice per year...Ha!
I have an extreme love for music (indie, alt, 90s grunge, and classical music) and was an avid concert goer until COVID19. I love photography, HGTV, and challenging myself to see what I can make next. Lately, it's been bath bombs and wreaths. I don't like to cook but I am perfecting my pistachio fluff skills (my secret ingredient: coconut- it makes it better)!
"HEY! I THINK I'VE SEEN YOUR NAME SOMEWHERE."
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), Wright State University - School of Professional Psychology
Bachelors of Science (B.S.), Summa Cum Laude, General Studies Honors Scholar, Wright State University
LICENSES, CERTIFICATION, TRAINING
Ohio Psychologist License P.07629
Kentucky Psychologist License 129204
Certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C)
Perinatal Bereavement Training - Resolve Through Sharing
American Psychological Association
Postpartum Support International