Life is filled with trials and tribulations, grief and losses, up and downs. So where do you go? Who do you talk to? Do you have a safe space to share your thoughts free of judgement? Do you have a safe space to be vulnerable?

Let me be your sounding board.

Let me hold space for you to process trauma and move forward.

I help people with anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, intergenerational trauma, and eating disorders. I work with clients to examine core memories and experiences, to understand who or what has shaped your personality and behaviors, and to help you discover your strengths.

Let me help guide you in using these past experiences and strengths to make positive changes in your life, process your trauma, and build towards a brighter future.

About Me

Hi, I’m Deanna! I am a first-generation Chinese American female, born from immigrant parents. And with this comes a variety of experiences, both wonderful and challenging and I use these experiences to deepen my work with clients. I am a therapist… but you might also call me a baker, a wife, a runner, a dog lover, a podcaster, a plant mom, a wine taster, and a hiker.

My Experience

Previously, I was a Therapist at Community Solutions where I worked with children, adolescents, teens, and young adults, parents and specialized in infant and early childhood mental health. During my time at Community Solutions, I also supported children, teens, and their parents and/or caregivers in navigating the foster care system, in fostering positive parent-child relationships, and in educating parents and caregivers in early childhood development and positive parenting strategies.

I have experience utilizing the following types of therapeutic interventions: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Play Therapy.

I’m excited to embark on this journey with you. I want to ensure a mutually positive, and hopefully long-term, therapeutic relationship to support you and your needs. Together, we can find your strengths and use them to foster your emotional growth.

deanna

ABOUT

  • Works with teens, adults, and couples

  • Speaks and writes Chinese

  • Focus on eating disorders, trauma, and first-generation immigration.

EDUCATION

  • Masters of Social Work

EXPERIENCE

  • Therapist – Community Solutions
  • Therapist – Berkeley Youth Alternatives
  • Behavioral Interventionist – Easter Seals Bay Area

 

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training

 

AREAS OF INTEREST

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Infidelity/Betrayal Trauma
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Grief and Loss
  • Attachment Difficulties
  • Difficulty with Emotional Regulation
  • LGBTQIA+, Gender, and Sexuality Concerns
  • Relationship Stress
  • Life Transitions
  • Childhood Trauma

*Supervised by Jeni Woodfin, LMFT #10744