The therapeutic relationship provides a unique opportunity to explore the inner workings of one’s mind in a safe and supportive environment. I believe that individuals are experts of their own reality and, as a therapist, my job is to guide in collaborative exploration of that reality. By creating a shared language and shared understanding with my clients, I work alongside them to navigate their inner emotional experiences, their inner dialogue, and the rules they construct which affect their behavior and relationships with the world around them. Through this deeper reflection we can more thoroughly evaluate the things that can be changed while working to better accept those things that cannot, with the ultimate goal of creating a value-driven life worth living.
My therapeutic approach combines evidence-based treatment modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with other insight-oriented, relational, and feminist techniques. I have experience in treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life transitions, identity struggles, loss and bereavement, trauma, end-of-life concerns, and relational conflicts across a range of inpatient, outpatient, telehealth, nursing home, and home-based primary care settings. I see clients of all ages and have received specialized training in geriatric psychology and integrated health psychology. Additionally, I have worked extensively with LGBTQ+ identifying individuals and am cognizant of the unique challenges associated with this community. For all of my patients, I work to actively recognize the influence of diversity and intersectionality. Diversity affects all facets of an individual’s life and can include ethnicity and race, sex and gender, religion, socioeconomic status, and disability, to name a few. Bringing diversity into the therapeutic room has enhanced my capacity to more fully appreciate individual histories, to uniquely connect to various people, and to adapt treatment to the distinct needs of my clients.
A little bit about myself: As a Korea-born Filipino-American I spent my early life moving around before settling in rural Pennsylvania. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a bio-evolutionary focus from the Pennsylvania State University (WE ARE!). Shortly after graduation, I moved to New York City to pursue my doctorate degree at Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the James J. Peters Bronx VAMC and my post-doctoral fellowship in geropsychology, clinical health psychology, and interprofessional training in geriatric primary care at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System’s Manhattan Campus. In addition to psychology, I am passionate about hiking, going to shows, dancing to all kinds of music, and watching scary movies with my black cat, Sadie Mae.