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 you are the expert of your own reality and, as a therapist, my job is to guide in collaborative exploration of that reality. It is through this deep reflection on inner experiences that we can more thoroughly evaluate the things that are keeping you “stuck” in your current patterns while working to adaptively adjust these patterns with the ultimate goal of creating a value-driven life worth living.
My therapeutic approach integrates treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with other insight-oriented, exposure-based, relational, and feminist modalities. I have helped patients to work through anxiety, depression, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, trauma, substance use, life transitions, identity struggles, loss and bereavement, end-of-life concerns, and relational conflicts more broadly. I work with patients of all age ranges and populations but have extensive training and experience in working with geriatric and medically compromised populations as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community. For all of my patients, I work to actively recognize the influence of culture and intersecting identities which 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 all the people with whom I work.
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 museums and exhibits, dancing to all kinds of music, and watching scary movies with my black cat, Sadie Mae.