Hello. I’m an MFT student at California State University, Fullerton and a clinical research psychoanalytic candidate at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles (ICPLA). As a cultural anthropologist, I learned how to hold different worldviews in my mind and translate them to others. Since 2006, I did in-depth fieldwork with a marginalized community to understand the lived experience of belonging. My current work and training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis explores how to alleviate insomnia.
I have had years of experience in various mental health and related settings, including working in a mental health residential in-patient facility, private practice as a reiki master in mind-body medicine, tutoring youth with various challenges in learning, such as ADHD, autism, trauma, depression, and test anxiety, and work in domestic violence. As an ethnographer, I have also had the deep privilege of working with hundreds of lesbians in Vietnam who talked to me about their struggles with family, coming out, gender, and sexuality.
Education & Training
2025 Research Psychoanalyst Student, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (RPS #281) (in progress)
Supervised under Estelle Shane, PhD, PsyD
2022 M.S., Counseling, California State University, Fullerton (in progress)
2020 Certificate of Completion in Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Newport Psychoanalytic Institute
2020 Certificate of Completion in TeleMental Health and Digital Ethics, Zur Institute
2020 Certificate of Completion in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), University of California, Irvine, Samueli Integrative Health Institute
2012 Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Irvine (Fulbright Scholar 2009-2010)
2005 B.A., Women’s Studies, University of California, Los Angeles