About

About

I hold a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and provide psychotherapy and coaching to the Madison area in Wisconsin. I have experience working with individuals and families in crisis, individuals with clinical mental health issues, and troubled children and adolescents with severe emotional trauma, behavioral, and conduct disorders. Examples include but are not limited to Opposition Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder.

My passion and area of expertise is ADHD. I have coached individuals, couples, and families with ADHD from toddlerhood, preteens, teenagers, adults, and seniors resulting in over 20 years of saturated experience in ADHD alone. I hold a double certification as a Life Coach from Center for Coaching Certification under Cathy Liska and as an ADHD Coach from JST Coaching under the esteemed Jodi Sleeper-Triplett. I have been a guest blogger for Cathy Liska through the Center of Coaching Certification, and a total of fifteen of my writings have been featured. I have also written a contribution chapter specifically about ADHD, which was published in the 2014 edition of Coaching Perspectives (ISBN-13: 978-0692330135).

I am a member of Delta Kappa, the International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society. Delta Kappa is the official honor society for the field of Marriage and Family Therapy and serves to further and complement the work being done by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Family Therapy Academy, and the International Family Therapy Association. Delta Kappa recognizes my achievements for maintaining a 4.0 GPA through the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northcentral University. I am also a professional member of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Psychology Today, Therapy Den, Kidazzler, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT).

BACKGROUND: I was adopted from Vietnam and grew up in a small town outside Chicago, Illinois. I have traveled to many countries in Europe and Asia since the age of eleven, including riding the famed Trans-Siberian Railroad System from Beijing to Budapest. In 1992, I was the youngest to ever be accepted as a student in the Chinese Language Department of the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China and the only student to finish their 3-year program in ten months. I hold an Associate’s Degree from Elgin Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College in Asian Studies with a concentration in Chinese History, a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University and am fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

In 1997, I moved to Beijing where I learned and lived the Chinese culture for nine years. It was in Beijing that I was blessed with motherhood. From 1998 to 2011, I created and tailored my own home-schooling curriculum for my son who has ADHD. I was also the founder of Beijing’s only expatriate homeschooling community group to date. In 2003, I wrote an essay entitled, “Path to Parenthood” about overcoming cultural boundaries as a foreigner and parent in China, which was published in a post-graduate textbook, Beyond Cultural Anxieties: Ingredients of Fear, Tests of Character (Trade Paperback, Sept 2004). Additionally, I was the director of a children’s program in Beijing, for which I trained the teachers and wrote a tri-level EFL curriculum, equipped with accompaniment workbooks. My son and I returned to live in the US in 2006.

Associations:

  • AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY (AAMFT)
  • KIDAZZLER
  • CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH ADHD (CHADD)
  • PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
  • WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY (WAMFT)
  • DELTA KAPPA
  • THERAPY DEN


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