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Life is difficult…. Struggles, challenges, transitions…. make life’s journey not always easy. Humanity has wrestled with fear and shame over its own nakedness, not in the literal sense, but when we experience failure and rejection. Our natural tendency is to deny, avoid, and cover up. I place emphasis on personal responsibility and acceptance. I believe that everyone has the potential to grow into the person they aspire to be. Sometimes we can grow and overcome without struggling, while other times we could use a helping hand to hold the up light and stay by our side as we navigate through a darker time in our lives. My hope is to be that person for those that need me. In counseling, many have been able to approach their lives with fresh perspectives, set more effective goals, maintain better boundaries, and move forward personally and professionally. I believe everyone, including children, when given a judgment-free and safe environment, can find the confidence within himself or herself to thrive. My desire is to provide encouragement, empathy, and genuine acceptance to facilitate a safe environment in which my clients can freely express and explore themselves.


I earned a Master of Arts degree by majoring in Christian Counseling at Dallas Baptist University. I assume a basic cognitive-behavioral perspective, meaning that I believe people’s thinking patterns flow out of their core belief systems and that this in turn has an impact on emotion and behavior. I see problem feelings more fundamentally as the result of problem thinking. The internal dialogues, or self-talk, of a person can lead to maladaptive behavior and feelings, especially if negative, irrational, extreme, unreasonable, and illogical thinking is present. Therefore, I seek to help my clients identify, challenge, and modify such maladaptive thinking into more rational, realistic, reasonable, logical, and truthful thinking. I assert that the Bible is our crucial foundation and source for godly wisdom in the counseling process. My greatest hope is to offer my clients step-by-step solutions for climbing out of the difficulties and to offer powerful hope, help, and healing from God’s holy Word.


我是一名出生和成长于大陆的华人心理咨询师,主修于达拉斯浸会大学并获得基督徒心理咨询硕士学位。生活是艰难的。挣扎、挑战、变化……这些都让生活的旅程并不总是一帆风顺。人们一直挣扎于恐惧和羞耻感,因为我们害怕经历失败和被拒绝。当遇到问题时,我们的自然倾向总是否认、逃避和掩饰。有时可以毫不费力地成长和克服困难,而有的时候,在经历生活中的黑暗时光时真希望有一只援助之手向我们伸出,陪伴我们走过这困难的阶段。我希望自己就是那双伸出的援助之手。


我遵循的主要咨询流派是认知行为治疗。为了改变不健康的心理情绪,我专注于改变那些具有伤害性的、不符合事实的想法和行为,以使得感觉、行为和思想都得到平衡地处理。如果一个人内心的自我对话或潜意识中的观念是消极、非理性、极端、不合理和不合逻辑的,常常就会导致不良的心理情绪和行为。因此,我渴求帮助我的来访者来识别、挑战和修正这些不准确的思维,使他们的思维变得更加理性、现实、合理、合乎逻辑和真实。


我会提供一个充满鼓励的、同理心的和真诚的接纳与安全的环境,让来访者可以自由地表达和探索自己。我坚信并深信圣经是我们在咨询过程中获得敬虔智慧的重要基础和来源。我最大的渴望是陪您一步一步找到摆脱困难与挑战的解决方案,并从上帝的话语中得到真正的希望、帮助和治愈。

Fun Facts About Me:

favorite color:  navy blue

favorite drink:  green tea, coffee, bubble tea

favorite food:  hotpot, Peking duck

favorite store:  TJ Max, Kirkland’s, target

love languages:  word of affirmation and quality time

hobbies:  reading, cooking, walking, shopping, eating