I am a second-generation Filipina-American born, raised, and currently living in the DC metro area. My volunteer experience at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence led me to pursue a career in psychotherapy and I eventually obtained a clinical Masters in Social Work degree from The Catholic University of America. Outside of work, being in the woods and by the water, enjoying the company of animal companions, and dancing all bring me immense joy. I value authenticity, self-awareness, compassion, and collective care and try to incorporate those aspects into my life both personally and professionally. I also continuously work to unlearn the harms of imperialism, internalized colonial mentality, the patriarchy, ableism, and all forms of systemic oppression.
My approach to therapy is rooted in the understanding that adverse experiences, that are often rooted in systemic oppression, whether in our childhood and beyond, impact how we show up in relationships. I lead with compassion and humor, and offer a space where people can explore and tend to their internal world. As a result clients report feeling more comfortable being authentic in relationships and experience a deeper sense of connection to themselves and the world around them.
I work with women and non-binary adults of the Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander diaspora who are looking for support around a variety of issues. I specialize in working with clients with relationship challenges, in particular those who have survived childhood abuse and neglect, racial violence, and intimate partner violence.
I incorporate an integrative approach honoring the mind-body-spirit relationship. This includes culturally-informed interventions, energy healing, inner child work, and somatic practices.