I believe we heal and grow when our stories are heard and recognized as unique testimony of our presence in the world. I also believe we are all the imperfect authority on our own stories. By sharing your story with me, you will be able to grow and hold your pain and memories with respect and love. In our work together you will recognize your answers and achieve behavioral and relational change. Our shared destination is full acceptance of and compassion for yourself in ways that are enlightening, empowering and rejuvenating.
My fundamental approach to therapy is person-centered, and I will incorporate solution-focused methods and cognitive and behavioral therapy as well. I am particularly inspired to work with individuals who have experienced childhood and developmental trauma, in such forms as emotional and physical neglect and abuse. I am also interested in working with couples and families, to help them connect better with one another. My ultimate goal with you would be to help you gain the self-esteem and self-compassion necessary to nurture strong and healthy relationships with people you care about in your personal and work life. Significant relationships are subtly re-negotiated every day in any adult life, but none is more important than your relationship with yourself.
On the whole, I see my role as your guide, helping you identify the best direction and least distracting pathways to your answers and solutions. A guide, however, is not just a fellow traveler, and I will occasionally confront you and disagree with you, but ultimately it is your pathway and your goal. On any fruitful journey, collaboration will be essential. I am always joyful to start any journey, and I will place my trust in you as you do with me.
A quick biographical note on my own story: I am a mother of two, Korean, Hawaiian, and American… not necessarily in that order on any given day. I love to read and listen to great works from different cultures. When the sun allows, I bask, and when my weekend clears, I nap. On more normal days indoors, I spend most of my non-working time with my two teens and a lovely Maine Coon.
If you would like to reach me by phone to talk about your needs and how we might work together, please call 512/201-4501, ext. 209 or complete a request form. I look forward to walking this journey with you.