I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with a private practice in Sacramento, CA; I am licensed to practice in the state of California. I am also a professor at a Couple and Family Therapy graduate program locally in Sacramento.
I obtained my master’s degree from Loma Linda University and decided to extend my training in research and clinical training by pursing my doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Loma Linda University. I have experience practicing in both Northern and Southern California, and have been in practice for over thirteen years.
I have also worked in a variety of treatment settings; school based clinics, community clinics, residential treatment, outpatient counseling, and private practice. In addition I have been involved in therapeutic program development for mental health organizations as well as other organizations.
I have also provided clinical supervision as a mentor and as a clinical supervisor (for MFT students working on their clinical hours pre and post degree) in a variety of settings; residential drug treatment, a county based clinic, and volunteered as a clinical supervisor with a federal based program that provided classes on relationship skills enhancement (applied to couples, families, work, etc.) to families of need in the local community. I have worked with a variety of people and have experience providing psychotherapy with a variety of clinical situations (see “Services” page/tab).
I also have experience providing clinical supervision through the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and have recently completed the AAMFT supervision credential.
I am a member of the following organizations:
- AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy)
- AAMFT-CA (AAMFT- California division)
- I have also served in various capacities for this board; chair of the elections counsel and member of the elections counsel. I am currently serving as a Board member.
- CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy)
- AFTA (American Family Therapy Academy)
Having grown up in California and living in different cities, it may appear that I have a primarily Californian experience. Being a multicultural Southeast Asian American, I understand what it is like to have to live in multiple cultural words simultaneously and having to move between them based on the current environment and context. I think this provides real life education in what it is like to experience cross cultural, interracial/multiracial, intercultural/multicultural relationships, and immigrant relationships and how this may or may not impact one’s family of origin. I also have published research in some of these areas in addition to other topics relevant to the field of marriage and family therapy (for more information see the publications and teaching tab).
In my spare time to relax, I like to watch movies, read, or do any type of exercise to get moving. That sometimes includes swimming, zumba, or kick box aerobics!