Practicum Doctoral Trainee
Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program
My theory of counseling is Adlerian psychology, which is based on the premise that people are motivated to develop a sense of belongingness and to strive for mastery. As an Adlerian counselor, I believe that people are motivated to develop feelings of connectedness and to overcome feelings of inadequacy that we consider to be inherent to being human. I like to help people explore their life directions, in part by considering the influences of their early relationships and of their socialization.
I believe that distress arises when individuals feel discouraged and disempowered, and at the same time, they can continue to strive for meaningful, purposeful, and fulfilled lives. I view clients as full beings who are able to work with me, as we consider basic life concepts, increase self-awareness, and explore functional and congruent life goals.
I believe that individuals are experts on their own experience, and that their communities offer wisdom about valued living. To understand the sociohistorical contexts and culture of communities, I actively seek opportunities beyond therapy sessions to gain more comprehensive knowledge about the complexity and needs of the clients’ communities. I am interested in working with clients on a variety of concerns related to identity and culture. I have strong interest and commitment to working with our LGBTQ+ communities, Asian American/Asian /International students.
Student member | Association of Chinese Helping Professionals and Psychologists-International (ACHPPI)
Student member | American Psychological Association Division 17 - Society of Counseling Psychology
Student member | American Psychological Association Division 49 - Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy