Counseling with Courtney
I've lived in the Bay Area almost the entirety of my life and am grateful to be able to work with the community that I feel a part of. The womxn and therapist I am today if very much informed by my lived experiences as a Chinese-Japanese-Portuguese-American who is both first-generation and fifth-generation. I have strong insight into what it means to straddle cultures, identities, and inconsistencies. I have a passion for working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced the feeling of “not belonging” in a society that values binary labels. As some one who is also on her own journey of self-healing, my main goal is to create a warm space for you to show up and feel safe, motivated, seen, and heard.
My path to a career in the mental health field was not linear. As an introverted child, I found a way to express myself and connect with the outside world through dance and art. I graduated with a Bachelors in Art from UC Santa Cruz, specializing in oil painting and photography which I used to explore emotional states and conflict in relationships. I happened upon a graphic design job out of college and worked in the tech field for several years. I eventually made a complete career shift in order to combine my passions for art, psychology, and social justice activism. I received my Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. In addition to working in private practice, I have experience providing therapeutic services for community-based organizations.
I provide client-tailored therapeutic services to individuals across the gender spectrum. I conduct my practice from a relational and recovery-oriented approach, building on your innate strengths and resilience. My work uses a psychodynamic lens, while also including concepts from narrative therapy, expressive art therapy, and mindfulness practices. Together, we will navigate current challenges by exploring your strengths whilst also processing pain points of the past. My hope is that you will come out of therapy with a deeper understanding of your internal states and a more compassionate relationship with yourself. It is my belief that any and all self-work has a rippling effect across all areas of life.
Supervised by Dr. Sarah Kwan, Licensed Psychologist #28869