What is it that you value most?
Some of life’s hardest questions center on finding our identity, meaning, and purpose. I find that people ultimately long for relational connection, joyous productivity, and profound life-giving impact, but how does that look?
Without an awareness of our purpose and identity, we can feel hopelessly lost. We may be well-intentioned, but misguided efforts can hinder our abilities to build strong relational connections. As a result, we tend to operate from a place of insecurity and fear. But we can embrace our struggles and insecurities as we hold onto the hope that we have. Each of us has been wonderfully made, intended for tremendous growth and purpose. We are not meant to merely exist but to feel fully alive. When we work on examining ourselves in therapeutic ways, we begin to grow confident in managing our thoughts, emotions, and actions to better strengthen relationships and pursue purposeful impact.
I, personally, have wrestled with how to identify as a man, Asian American, and a child of God. Attending therapy has been invaluable for my exploration of these questions, and I feel more fully alive as I have solidified a secured sense of self and continued in this growth process.
I have a passion for walking with people as they navigate through questions pertaining to self, family, friends, significant others, faith, and community. It is amazing to see people identify and revel in the beauty of their personhood. I enjoy working with people on deepening an understanding and appreciation of their unique backgrounds. As one’s identity is accessed, we can effectively work on understanding and addressing our insecurities. With that awareness, we can proactively relate to others in restorative, meaningful, and fruitful ways.
Education and training:
- M.A. in Marital Family Therapy with Honors, Bethel Seminary San Diego (COAMFTE accredited)
- B.S. in Biochemistry & Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego
- PREPARE-ENRICH Certification (for premarital and marital couples)
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (Part I Complete)
- Bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese
Areas Of Experience:
- Cross-cultural Counseling
- Faith & Spirituality
- Identity Issues
- Recovery from Sexual Addiction
- Life Transitions
- Family/Couples Counseling
- Blended Families
- Individual Counseling
- Anxiety and Depression
- Grief and Loss
- Community Re-entry (Juvenile/Adult Offenders)
- Addiction/Substance Abuse
- Domestic Violence & Anger Management
- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
- California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, IMF# 88047
- Supervised by Donald W. Welch, Ph.D., LMFT #MFC 50129