About

I’m a clinical research psychoanalyst candidate at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.  My main research area is insomnia.

I have enjoyed serving adults, adolescents, and children in various settings, including mental health residential in-patient, private practice as a reiki master in mind-body medicine, tutoring with students with learning challenges, such as ADHD, autism, trauma, depression, and test anxiety, and nonprofit case management in domestic violence.  For three years, I also proudly volunteered as a peer mentor for LGBTQ+ students who were coming out at UC Irvine, supervised under the Counseling Center’s clinical staff.  I completed my practicum training at the LGBTQ Center of Orange County through a master’s program in Counseling at California State University, Fullerton, which is guided by Carl Roger’s principles of unconditional positive regard in creating a safe environment for a person to explore and heal themselves.

I’m Vietnamese American by heritage and a native of Orange County, California, home to the largest community of Vietnamese diasporics in the world. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, camping, and reiki.

Education & Training
2025 (expected)
   Research Psychoanalyst Candidate, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (RPS #281), Supervised under Estelle Shane, PhD, PsyD

2022 (expected)    M.S., Counseling, California State University, Fullerton

2021 Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Gregg Jacobs, PhD (principal founder of CBT-I at Harvard Medical School)

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