Feeling overwhelmed or hopeless? Or just needing someone to help you navigate the complexities of your inner world? You don’t have to go it alone. I get deep satisfaction from journeying with each of my clients to help “undo aloneness,” unearth hidden potential, and unleash a more authentic way of being. My clients are typically high functioning individuals, couples, and families, who seek treatment for a wide variety of relational issues, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, life transitions, parenting, and trauma. As an Asian-American with extensive cross-cultural experience living overseas, I also have special interests in issues related to cross-cultural adjustment, burnout, identity formation, spirituality, grief/loss, intergenerational conflict, and bi-cultural Americans.
Fostering a warm, safe, and nonjudgmental relationship with you is at the heart of my work. I work primarily from a psychodynamic/attachment-based framework and use empirically validated therapies, such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and EMDR (a highly effective trauma therapy), when appropriate to support my overall approach. I am also a certified PREPARE/ENRICH counselor, providing premarital/marital counseling and assessments to couples who are contemplating or desiring to rejuvenate marriage.
Graduating from Harvard University with a B.A. in Psychology and a passion for refugee and international populations, Amy pursued graduate studies in Intercultural Studies at Wheaton College Graduate School in Illinois in order to teach and live among the poor in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Amy returned to the U.S. in 2008, with a passion to glean from her international experiences to provide informed and empathic member care. Amy earned her M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (LMFT96355). She is also a wife, mother, and life-long learner, who tries to remember to enjoy the simple things in life and strum her guitar when she is off the clock.