Hi. I am Nicole, a third generation Chinese American, born and raised here in San Francisco.  I first decided to become a therapist 8 years ago, after spending many years volunteering as a rape crisis counselor for women who had experienced sexual violence, where I also worked as a fundraiser and development professional. 

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 human connection within our technology-obsessed culture. 

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 maintaining healthy emotional boundaries, self-care for social justice activists, and the intersection between psychoanalysis and social justice. 

In addition to formal education and training, I find Buddhist psychology and the practice of meditation to be extremely useful in my work. My work background is in social change fundraising, LGBTQ advocacy, sexual violence crisis counseling, youth development, 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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