I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and have been in a private practice for over 25 years. I work with individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, ADHD, and traumatic experiences (physical, emotional, and sexual). Family conflicts and relationship issues are also a focus of my practice.
My approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and rational-emotive therapy. I often coordinate mindfulness, insight-oriented approaches, and storytelling in my sessions, depending on an individual’s uniqueness.
My primary goal is to develop a therapeutic relationship built on trust. I believe that the client’s motivation is key to success and that all motivation must start with a destination, chosen by the client. I see myself just as a facilitator, guiding the client towards that destination.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Codependency, Communication Problems, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
VA LPC 0701002219
NC LCMHC 3528
Most kind and caring therapist I have worked with.
Written on Jan 15, 2023 after therapy with Esther for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coaching, and compassion fatigue
Excellent therapist, very understanding and helpful.
Written on Oct 11, 2022 after therapy with Esther for 1 year and 5 months
Thank you for all your help Esther!
Written on Feb 18, 2022 after therapy with Esther for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd
I personally feel really lucky I was matched with Esther, who I have been working with for two months. Upon joining BetterHelp, I had sought for a therapist with an Asian background, and that made a world of difference as Esther easily empathises with and understands the importance and impact of cultural influences on what I was going through. I was surprised by how fast Esther helped me find resolve and healing. I was bracing myself for a prolonged recovery period, but I saw improvements within a few weeks, and at the one month mark I had a breakthrough. She equipped me with the ability to reframe my mindset and thought habits, and develop the mental resilience I had set to achieve. I was able to better manage and improve my mental and emotional health.
Esther is always non-judgemental, patient, and a great listener - and observing the way she listens has also inadvertently taught me how to become a better listener as well. She made the whole therapy process really comfortable. I highly recommend her.
I am forever grateful for everything you have done for me!
Written on Dec 11, 2021 after therapy with Esther for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Esther is the best therapist I've ever meet with. She listens to me very patiently when I express my true feelings, and give me honest and professional suggestions to help me go through my concerns. Esther is very flexible and helpful. Esther, thank you for your suggestions !
Written on Aug 16, 2021 after therapy with Esther for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression
It’s truly rare to find an Asian counselor on BetterHelp so when I found Esther, I was super excited. Esther understood my needs right away and was great at listening, asking questions, diagnosing my issues, and acknowledging when she doesn’t understand something. She knows that Asian Americans face lots of complex issues and empathizes well. Highly recommend!
Written on Jul 22, 2021 after therapy with Esther for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes