I am a therapist, consultant, and coach with 13 years of expertise using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy modalities (including mindfulness-based, somatic quieting, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)). I have been honored to collaborate with clients in tailoring highly effective and science validated tools and interventions to consistently achieve positive results. Helping others successfully manage difficult life situations, gain insight, and grow and thrive beyond the situation is what energizes me.
I use compassion, respect, humor and authenticity to create a safe and nurturing environment where people can learn about and maximize themselves. I considers all facets of a person (thoughts, feelings, relationships, spirituality and meaning-making, physical health) in catering the counseling to what best suits that individual—there is no one-size fits-all approach.
Some common areas I work with are: Stress management (including work-related concerns), anxiety, depression, anger, forgiveness, change/transitions, finding meaning, social skills/deepening relationships, developing resilience, peak performance, forming and breaking habits, grief and loss.
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I am a bilingual (in Mandarin Chinese) CA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT #92346.
I completed a B.A in Psychology at Carleton College, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and achieved distinction in my major and senior thesis “Antidepressant Use and Suicidality: Pills Benefit More Than Harm”. I studied cross-cultural psychology in London.
I attained my Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. During my time at Azusa Pacific University, I completed an internship program with the Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice specializing in grief counseling with individuals, children, families, and groups. Here I also ran family support groups, conducted research and life review/commemoration work with dying patients in outpatient and home settings, and ran summer camps for kids and teens who had recently loved lost ones.
I have experience in a corporate setting using cognitive-behavioral therapy and applied positive psychology for weight management, tobacco cessation, and wellness. I have competed in track and cross-country running at the collegiate level and experienced firsthand the mood-lifting and stress reducing benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. Before COVID-19 I was running and lifting weights, 6 days/week. Currently, I am the Clinical Manager at the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) ACI Specialty Benefits. I have also
worked as lead Coach/Consultant for United Health Group's EAP Optum.
I also have experience counseling severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) ranging from mood and anxiety disorders to chronic psychosis, and conducting Critical Incident Stress Debriefings for traumatic events.
I would love to partner with you in successfully managing a difficult life situation, gaining insight, and growing and thriving. My goal is to equip you with a toolkit so that you can be your own best coach/therapist. When you no longer need my services then I have succeeded. When you thrive I am energized.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Career difficulties
- Bipolar disorder
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Emptiness , Expats , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Phobias , Posttraumatic Stress , Prejudice and Discrimination , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Somatization , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LMFT #92346 (Expires: 2022-01-31)
I liked talking with Charles. He listened and offered perspective when I needed it.