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Children (ages 3-12)
Relationship Issues
School-related Issues
Anxiety and Fears
Personal Growth
Parenting Support
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About Me

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  My practice includes providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults.  I have worked with children and families for more than 20 years in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health clinics, in schools (both public and private), in infant/toddler/preschool centers, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and residential facilities.  In addition, I have experience collaborating with wraparound teams that work with special populations, including students with learning disabilities or challenges, children on the autistic spectrum, and those labeled with emotional and/or disruptive behavioral issues.  My passion is working with children and families and seeing both parents and youth re-awaken with hope again.  
I was born and raised in San Francisco in a Chinese-American immigrant, working class family.  I saw firsthand how difficult it was for my parents to provide for our family with minimum wages and long work hours, all during a time when we also had to take care of a sibling that had been labeled as needing specialized education. Fortunately, my mother was able to find two dedicated and caring teachers that helped my brother to re-enter a mainstream school.  This experience made me question what was normal, and inspired me to take a critical look at the education system and what I wanted for my own life and education.  I had the opportunity to forge my own path and opted for an undergraduate experience at University of California Santa Cruz, which did not use impersonal letter grades but instead focused on narrative evaluations and that emphasized a critical thinking education.  

These experiences began my lifelong questioning and critical look at what is considered mainstream, at labels, at what is “normally” expected and accepted.  My first job after college was in a school for students with “emotional and learning difficulties” and what I saw was how the possibility of hope helped these children and families to do better and improve their lives.  This initial work experience and growing up in my family have powerfully influenced and inspired me for over 20 years to work with children and families and individuals in exploring what is possible and potential in one’s life.

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