Registered MFT Intern #IMF82916
Registered PCC Intern #1778
(Supervised by Patricia E. Craven,
LMFT #MFC24859)

I work with clients who are ethnic or racial minorities who feel alone within their own culture. And with clients who are first or second-generation immigrants or transnationals. They all share how hard it is to bridge the worldview gaps due to their bi-cultural or ethnic identity. These gaps create strain between partners from the same culture, partners from different cultures and between parents and children. I often find the most common theme is how cultural beliefs, expectations and stereotyping gets in the way of genuine connection with family, friends, romantic interests and co-workers.

Together we explore how different worldviews shape their identities. We work on discovering how ART in Life can support them to have a sense of belonging and acceptance within themselves. Using the integrative tools you may come to:

  • Embrace the significance of having a bi-cultural/ethnic identity
  • Appreciate the importance of resiliency to adapt and change
  • Cultivate a sense of belonging with Self and Others
  • Experience self-acceptance and compassion
  • Negotiate worldview gaps more effectively

With many immigrant and ethnic clients, along with general psychological issues, some areas in particular we explore are:

  • Loss
  • Grief
  • Isolation
  • Confusion
  • Identity Issues
  • Disempowerment
  • Micro-aggressions
  • Challenges with Belonging