About Me

Education and Training

I received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco Bay Area. For my doctoral dissertation, I investigated women’s experience of loss following failed in vitro fertilization attempts. This research has enabled me to develop a specialty in reproductive mental health. Specifically, I assist individuals and couples struggling with emotional issues related to infertility and assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including third party reproduction. Currently, I also teach a class on “Psychological Implications of Infertility” at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)

I earned a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in French Language & Literature respectively from East China Normal University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. This literary background deepened my appreciation for human suffering, struggles, and resilience. It also informs my approach to psychotherapy: while we all share the universal human condition, how we understand, express, and manage our emotions differs vastly based on our unique history and cultural blueprint.

Over the past 6 years, I completed clinical training in Child/Adolescent and Adult psychotherapy at the California Pacific Medical Center Department of Psychiatry (CPMC), Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS Inc.) in San Francisco, and Our Common Ground  in Redwood City. Prior to my studies in psychology, I held positions as a French teacher, a college advancement director, and an organizational development officer.

Affiliations

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM-MHPG)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)

The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC)