When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
In late summer 2016, propelled by a 6-week meditation retreat, I went in search of a life more true to myself. The body, the instinctual self had awakened, and it felt less like a choice than an imperative. As I traveled to Montana, New Mexico, Taiwan, India, and China, I journeyed to the darkness inside. Like the earth after a storm, I felt the fresh breath of life sweeping through me; I learned how death opens the door to birth and growth.
A driving force behind my desire to open to greater joy, freedom, and peace, is the desire to serve my family, known and unknown. I have been able to meet the dark night by remembering love, knowing that when I care for this body, mind, and heart (the piece of land that I was gifted in this lifetime), I bow to my ancestors and the dieties, I connect with the Earth Mother, and I serve all beings.
The daughter of Chinese immigrants born and raised in the SF Bay Area, I am a UCLA-trained clinical psychologist, served at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Hospital, and pursued postdoctoral training at Stanford University and UCSF in positive psychology, mindfulness meditation, and depression/eating disorder prevention. I was enriched by the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioner’s Program, training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and the SFCP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program. I am influenced by the work of West African (Dagara) elder Dr. Malidoma Somé, Jicarilla Apache elder Dr. Eduardo Duran, the Begays (Navajo/Diné), Somatic Experiencing founder Peter Levine, and so many others.
In addition to adults, I enjoy working with teens, young adults, Asian Americans, immigrants, People of Color, social activists, and therapists-in-training.