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Addiction, Adoption, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Family Conflict, Self-Harming, Self Esteem, Phobia, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Women's Issues
Adolescents (12-17), Adults
In Person, Virtual
Aetna Better Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield Community, Meridian, Illinois Medicaid
I am a clinical intern at Ashé Counseling and Coaching and am currently working towards my master’s in social work at the University of Chicago. I am originally from Southern California, but have spent the past four years in Portland, Oregon where I received my B.A. in social work
from the University of Portland with a minor in sociology. I believe that interpersonal relationships and how our experiences have shaped us play a crucial part in who we are as people and how we interact with those in our lives. Words that friends and family have used to describe me are compassionate, fun & fun-loving, understanding, and open-minded.
I believe that a therapeutic relationship is a two-way street– a collaboration effort in which I support your goals and what you want out of your therapy experience. I take a client-centered and trauma-informed approach and tailor my strategies and practices to your life to best uplift your personhood and lifestyle. I utilize strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy with an emphasis on behaviorism, culturally sensitive therapy, harm reduction, person-in-environment, and acceptance & commitment therapy.
As a second-gen Filipina American, I take a particular interest in cultural identity amongst Asian Americans. Studies have shown that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the least likely to seek mental health resources compared to other racial-ethnic groups, and I am committed to aiding in changing this narrative. My work is guided by a focus on social justice and equity, which informs my therapeutic practices with clients. With a background in social work, I specialize in addressing topics related to socioeconomic inequality, family systems, BIPOC experiences in the context of the U.S., and the impact of our societal systems on our lives.
I have worked as program support for a nonprofit organization working with the folks experiencing houselessness and substance use, done equity education for youth and adolescents, and worked as a school social worker in a public high school. When I am not working or going to school, I am typically looking for concerts or shows around town, exploring different parts of the city with friends, or trying new recipes for my cast iron skillet.
1550 S Indiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
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