I obtained my PhD from City University of Hong Kong. My doctoral thesis explores the process of how clients attain insight through psychotherapy. I also hold a Master’s degree in Psychology in addition to an advanced Specialist in Education degree in Guidance and Counselling. I am a Licensed Professional Counsellor and a National Certified Counsellor in the US; in Hong Kong I am a Registered Clinical Psychologist via the The Hong Kong Society of Counseling and Psychology. I further have membership in the Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association, the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association.
With more than 13 years of experience, I have worked in both outpatient and inpatient mental health settings since 2005. I have worked clinically with both adolescents and adults for psychotherapy and counselling, including clients with substance abuse issues and dual or multiple diagnoses. Since moving to Hong Kong in 2013, I have lectured in psychology part-time at City University of Hong Kong and at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I also provide workshops and presentations in a number of areas, and have presented my academic research output at international conferences in Hong Kong, Japan (Kobe), and the United Kingdom (Brighton).
I utilize an eclectic and collaborative approach to person-centered therapy, primarily drawing from cognitive behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, and humanistic orientations. My goal is to provide clients with education and coping skills related to substance abuse/addiction issues, anxiety, depression, stress management, mindfulness, life transitions, time management, sleep issues/insomnia and other areas of self-care essential to personal growth and understanding. I have extensive experience in working with LGBTQ clients, as individuals and couples, addressing the unique difficulties this population faces in the Hong Kong context.
On a personal note, I enjoy reading, movies, socializing, travelling through Southeast Asia, exploring and learning about Hong Kong, and spending time with my partner and our two rescue dogs, Marcel and Ginger.