Hi. I am Nicole, a third generation Chinese American, born and raised here in San Francisco.  

I did not become a therapist so that I can tell you how to live your life- no one can possibly know that. But every day, I get to see profound changes happen when people start to truly listen to themselves, and that is why I do this work.

As a therapist, I have an unassuming, curious and open style of exploring your inner world. I enjoy working with people who have a "beginner's mind," who have never been to therapy before, and come from families where therapy is a foreign concept. I  understand and appreciate the awkwardness and newness of being vulnerable in front of someone, and think often about the difficulty of finding genuine human connection within our technology-fueled, fast-paced culture. Now more than ever, I find that people are desiring a place that is free of distractions, where they can experience being alive in the present moment.

I have worked with a diverse range of individuals, adolescents, couples, and families in a variety of clinic settings, as well as school-based counseling with middle school students. My work at Access Institute sharpened my skills and focus on psychoanalytic approaches. I have given talks/workshops on the psychology of Chinese American identity, the importance of boundaries, self-care for social justice activists, and the intersection between psychoanalysis and social justice. 

In addition to formal education and training in traditional psychotherapy, I find Buddhist psychology and the practice of meditation to be extremely useful in my work. My work background is in school-based counseling, LGBTQ advocacy, sexual violence crisis counseling, youth development, culturally-based social services, and creative arts. 

Education

  • Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Institute for Integral Studies
  • Bachelors in Sociology, Wesleyan University

Clinical Experience

  • Access Institute
  • The Clinic Without Walls
  • Larkin Street Youth Services
  • Asian Community Mental Health Services

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