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Hi, I'm Naomi.

Life isn't black and white, but many shades of gray.  As a child of immigrants, I recognize that it can be hard to navigate these gray areas when your experiences do not fit neatly into any one box.  I provide creative, goal-oriented, and holistic psychotherapy that meets you where you are and helps you move where you want to go.  My specialties include working with cultural issues, (especially in Asian/Asian-American families), family conflicts, parenting, trauma processing, and working with people in transitions. 

Therapy is a collaborative process between real people. I offer a safe place for you to explore, express, and experiment so that you can be more effective in your own life.  We will use creative approaches that address you as a whole person, draws on your strengths, and consider the influences in your life, from community to culture.

I use well-researched evidence-based treatments while acknowledging your unique needs.  My main treatment modalities include Art Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, as well as being trained in many others.  I have found Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to be very effective in processing past traumas as well.  

I am passionate about destigmatizing the subject of mental health and making it more accessible for all.  I dream of a healthy, connected community in which people are kind to themselves, each other, and especially children. 

 

    Publications

    • Co-Author: "Attitude of Art Therapists Working with Evidence-Based Practices", Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Volume 34-2 (2017), p. 83-91

    Education

    • Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA): M.A. in Marital & Family Therapy with Specialization in Art Therapy

    • Boston College (Boston, MA): B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Studio Arts

    Qualifications

    • Registered Art Therapist #17-229

    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #110092

    Experience

    • Fred Finch Youth Center, 2018-Current (Oakland, CA)

    • First Place for Youth, 2017-2018 (Oakland, CA)

    • Union of Pan Asian Communities, 2015-2017 (San Diego, CA)

    • The Guidance Center, 2014-2015 (Long Beach, CA)

    • Asian Pacific Women's Center, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA)

    • AGES Learning Solutions, 2012-2013 (San Jose, CA)

     

    Axis Mundi 

    I am a member of Axis Mundi Center for Mental Health, a private practice non-profit agency.  Axis Mundi is committed to providing culturally sensitive, affordable services that acknowledge the current climate we live in and social struggles we may face.  To learn more. click here.