Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.
— Shannon Alder

Clinical Interest

Counseling and psychological services are provided for adults with a variety of mood and behavioral concerns some of which include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety; (Type 'A' high functioning anxiety, perfectionism, worries, panic, social anxiety)

  • Young professionals who struggle with work/life balance and stress

  • Low self-esteem, self-doubt

  • Trauma; exposure or direct experience with violence, sexual abuse, childhood abuse and neglect

  • Postpartum depression and anxiety, parenting stress

  • Relationship conflict and communication issues (family, partner/spouse, friends)

  • Asian-American family and cultural conflict

  • Women's Issues

  • Faith & Spirituality Conflict

  • Discovering purpose/meaning and direction in life

I do not provide crisis counseling or after hour support.

Face to Face Therapy

In-person sessions are a great way to develop a sense of safety and trust during our sessions.  The idea of therapy itself can sometimes spike some anxiety.  The more you come into the office and familiarize with the surroundings, it will get better.   The goal is to recognize that our work together is meaningful and notice healthier changes in your life.

Telehealth Therapy 

Telehealth is typically conducted via video and phone sessions.  Life can get busy and I want to support you in your most convenient platform.  Telehealth therapy is optimal for individuals with complicated schedules due to work, frequent traveling, illness, parenting or even battling crowded traffic during rush hours.  Therapy can take place in the convenience of your home or current location.  Same session fees apply as in-person therapy appointments.  

Video conference sessions are conducted through a secure HIPAA compliant                    service via                                                                                                                                                            This is a simple and easy website that does not require personal account or set up.  You will simply click on my video link and be directed into my virtual waiting room.             

If you're interested in telehealth therapy, email me at to schedule a complimentary phone consultation.

Clinical Specialties

Evidenced-based, therapeutic modalities are implemented into sessions to address mental health symptoms and improve life stressors.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): is a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind an individual's difficulties, which in turn changes the way they feel.  CBT guides you to shift harmful/overwhelming thought patterns and unrealistic beliefs into more realistic and balanced perspectives.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): is a common treatment option for people experiencing depression, anxiety, social phobia, postpartum depression, and trauma.  Part of the recovery process is to build meaningful relationships and identify a network of support.  Areas addressed over the course of treatment can include; role disputes, interpersonal/relational problems, communication barriers, life stage transitions, grief, and other attachment issues. 

Mindfulness: is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other trainings.  Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the now. When you're mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad.  Whenever you bring awareness to what you're directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you're being mindful.

Seeking Safety: is designed to provide effective life skills and compassion to those in recovery of substance abuse to self-harming behaviors resulting from a painful trauma.  Each week of treatment introduces a new skill designed to develop a safer and healthier lifestyle, as well as collaborative development of weekly commitments to ensure active efforts toward recovery.