Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Supervised by Dr. Harry Motro, PsyD, LMFT
“Love recognizes no barriers It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
- Maya Angelou
While being married can be a lovely and beautiful experience, it can also be tough and challenging. My passion is to work with couples and families to renew, repair, and rebuild relationships that can be satisfying and lasting. My desire is to help struggling and hurting couples and families understand the underlying issues and patterns that hinder them from thriving. I enjoy working with couples in all stages for holistic healing, healthier communication, conflict management, and better coping with stress and grief/loss.
I grew up in a family and culture that does not encourage seeking help from others because it is perceived as a sign of weakness. However, seeking help at the right time is actually a strength because pain and mistakes can be avoided. After college, I worked as an occupational therapist and found myself falling in love in the helping profession. I am frequently drawn to couples work in my social circle. While exploring my second career path, I want to formalize my experience in couples counseling to help people outside my social circle. I want to share not only my knowledge and skill but also my experience in the ups and downs of marriage and life.
Being married for more than 20 years and a mother of one young adult child and two teenagers, I understand the unhealthy cycle in marriage as well as the emotional struggles in parenting. I am experienced in working with cross-cultural marriages, neurodiverse couples, couples with depression, addiction, anger issues, and affair recovery. Helping families to move to healthier relationships is what I profoundly care.
In addition to couples and families, I have extensively worked with children, adolescents, and young adults from all walks of life and diverse cultural backgrounds; helping them find their voices, passions, dreams, and purposes in life. With my life experience, healthcare background, and professional training, I am good at facilitating a process that stirs positive life change.
Areas of Practice: couples & family relationships, pre-marital, parent-child conflict, anxiety with somatic symptoms, loneliness, depression, trauma, grief/loss, communication/social skills, anger management, self-image, self-identity, burnout, life transitions, midlife crisis, codependency, cultural issues, women issues, postpartum, spiritual formation.
Types of Client: couples, adults, children, adolescents, professionals, healthcare workers, church leaders
For couples therapy, I do not take side but offer a therapeutic process for my clients to rekindle their love and reflect on the deeper issues that affect the marital relationship and the family dynamics. In addition to emotion-focused couples therapy, I also utilize various psychotherapeutic approaches such as family systems, somatic therapy, solution-focused, trauma-informed, and neuro-psychological theories. I consistently offer a safe, supportive, and therapeutic connection with each individual/family. Because of my bi-cultural background, I am able to embrace each individual's story and strengths and tailor interventions to the needs of each of my clients.
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling, Western Seminary, San Jose, CA
Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Minor in Psychology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS)
Affiliation and Membership
Feeling stuck? Are you at a crossroad in your marriage, family relationships, or personal growth? Even the strongest among us can feel lost, unsure, ambivalent, or unhappy at times. I can help you understand and manage whatever life throws at you, and how to do it successfully. I believe that you have the strength not just to survive, but to truly thrive.
"Love Never Fails."
1 Corinthians 13:8
LOCATION (Due to COVID-19, sessions are conducted through telehealth.)
The office is located in the Chantel Building: 3880 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 216, San Jose, CA 95124
The building is near the intersection of Highway 85 and Bascom Ave, half a mile from Good Samaritan Hospital. The driveway for the building is next to the Bascom Donuts sign.
PARKING: Finding a parking spot can be difficult. Please allow for extra time. You are permitted to park under the building.
ARRIVAL: Please go to Suite 216. At our scheduled time, I will come to the lobby and meet you.