I am a proud, mixed Asian American hailing from Hawaii (Hawaii- Yes, that means I love Spam)!
I am a "mom-e," as my kids spell it, 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 and that Legos have a knack for knowing exactly where you'll step next? My children also have me well versed in Bluey and I'm not mad about it. (Seriously, Bluey is actually good. If you're a parent, I promise you'll chuckle). In addition to my children, I also live with my incredibly patient 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) and going to concerts. I fall somewhere between a hobbyist and semi-pro photographer. I love historical dramas and I just can't quit Grey's Anatomy. I have been watching it since the beginning! I don't like to cook but I am perfecting my pistachio fluff skills (my secret ingredient: coconut- you're welcome)!
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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
American Psychological Association
Postpartum Support International
I've known I wanted to be a clinical psychologist, since I was 10-years-old. 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. I'm grateful that I have had the opportunity to work 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. I also enjoy working with those who have demanding jobs- working with them to create better work/life balance, being appropriately assertive, and learning how to foster healthier relationships with the people around them.
I am one of the few licensed psychologists certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C).
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.