About

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Hello, welcome.  I’m a psychoanalytic candidate who enjoys helping others live more fulfilling lives through therapy and exploration of the unconscious.  Under supervision while training, I bring into therapeutic service and research a deep appreciation for the ways a person may express culture, feelings, and the things that are not said.  Some psychoanalysts call these unconscious processes between two people a “felt sense.”  As a cultural anthropologist, I learned how to hold different worldviews in my mind and translate them to others.  Since 2006, I did fieldwork with an abject 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.

I welcome you to use my offerings  to create the life that you most desire.

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