I was born in Vietnam and raised in the Bay Area in California; I was definitely a third culture kid! Then I married a soldier and moved to North Carolina in 2006. Since then, our small family has moved numerous times, but we definitely consider ourselves Southern, having lived here for many years now. We are fortunate to be part of a great community of interesting folks. I love people and no one I meet is a stranger for long! My passion has led me to working in a therapeutic setting with individuals, couples, and teenagers because I can empathize from a place of nonjudgment. I spent years in the legal profession. As interesting it was, I knew I wanted to be in a human services field. A long-time yogi, I became an instructor in 2006 and have found so much joy in this service to others and myself. I am now happy to be able to connect with others in an even more meaningful manner and make a positive difference in their lives. I am dedicated to helping individuals and families be happier and stronger.
In this ever-evolving and complex world of change, technology, and turmoil, we often become isolated, disengaged, and confused. We can feel alone and judged. During those times, we need empathy, compassion, and tools to help us continue growing and living our lives to the fullest. I offer clients an opportunity to be open and honest without fear because I, too, have been there. It is important for me to provide clients a chance to be safe and free to be themselves. I work with individuals, couples, and teenagers to feel grounded and connected and help with obtaining their goals through acceptance and empowerment.
My therapeutic approach is person-centered, but I also utilize a number of modalities because all clients are different and deserve individualized attention and care. I come from a place of nonjudgment, drawing on my clinical experience in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, EMDR, and solution-focused work. I work collaboratively with clients to make new insights, explore different perspectives, set goals, and learn and utilize useful life strategies. My clients receive unconditional acceptance and regard in order to feel secure as we work together because no one has to make this life journey without support.
My undergraduate degree is in Social Science, something I am very interested in, but my true passion has always been mental health counseling. After working in the legal field in complex litigation, I obtained a master’s degree in Human Services with a specialization in Substance Abuse Counseling and Clinical Counseling. Since becoming a counselor, I trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and treating Personality Disorders and continue my learning and research. Additionally, I am a certified facilitator for Fearlessly Girls, which seeks to empower and connect school-aged girls, because it is important for us to build our youth for a successful life.
Troy University, Alabama