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Welcome! I am glad you are here!

Hello! My name is Patty. I am originally from Taiwan and have completed all my counseling training in the United States. I am currently a faculty member teaching graduate students in a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor and have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, college students, adults, and families from diverse backgrounds.

The fact that you are reading this page probably means that you are interested in finding a therapist. I know that it takes a lot of courage to seek help. So, good job! I am happy for you that you are taking care of your mental health. Whether or not you decide to work with me, I am proud of you!

I truly hope to help you heal; however, I currently only provide online counseling services and I understand that online counseling does not fit everyone. It is important that you find a therapist who can meet your needs and make you feel comfortable. So please read through this website carefully—it explains my credentials, specialties, counseling approach, and how online counseling works. Then, if you think my services will meet your needs, please click “Request Service” above and fill out the form to get in touch with me. I would be deeply honored to be a part of your healing journey.

Again, welcome! I am so glad that you are here.

My Credentials

Education
PhD, Counselor Education & Supervision, The Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed, Counselor Education, The Pennsylvania State University
B.S, Biochemical Science and Technology, National Taiwan University

Licenses/Certification
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC; State of Pennsylvania)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC; State of Washington)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH)
EMDR formally-trained therapist (in the process of getting certification)

My Specialty and Counseling Approach

I know that starting counseling can be scary so I want to give you some information about my counseling approach. I acquired my clinical training and experience within the professional counseling framework. This means that I focus on wellness, strengths, and resilience. I believe you have all the inner strength and resources for coping and healing; you just need to learn how to access them. I am also a trauma therapist, which means that I have completed significant training in trauma counseling and have worked with numerous clients who have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences. Based on the trauma-informed perspective, I believe that the presenting issues you are experiencing are actually what helped you survive past trauma or childhood adversities─they are your “survival strategies”; they do NOT mean “something is wrong with you!”

During counseling, I will provide a safe space for you to begin healing. Relationships are crucial in counseling because recovery occurs in a relational context. Therefore, we will spend time building a relationship. In counseling, you don’t need to talk about things that you feel uncomfortable talking about; I will not push you to work on things that you don’t want to or are not ready to work on yet. I believe that when you are ready, you will do it! Remember, you are the expert on yourself, you know what you need.

Counseling is a collaborative process. You are the expert on yourself, and my role as a counselor is to help you identify and work through the issues you want to address. I wish I had a magic wand that could solve all the problems; unfortunately, I don’t, and counseling is not magic. Healing is hard work and it is normal that counseling work brings up pain and emotional distress—it is part of the healing process, and we will work on learning how to cope with those overwhelming feelings and emotions. I will hold a space where your pain, grief, and every one of your emotions are welcome. Your tears are welcome too.

Healing is possible. Healing is brave. And I would be very honored to hold the space for you.

Specialty
Trauma, PTSD, Childhood Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Relationships Issues, Narcissistic Abuse,
Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, Mood Disorders, Domestic Violence, Parenting Issues,
Family Issues, Stress Management, Grief and Loss, School Issues, Multicultural Issues
*I am an Ally to the LGBTQ+ community. I am not an expert; but I am learning!

Treatment Approach

Mindfulness
Trauma-Informed Counseling
Humanistic/Person-Centered Approach
Internal Family System (IFS) Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

Code of Ethics
I follow the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics. It is important to know that once we start a counselor-client relationship, other non-counseling roles and relationships are NOT allowed (please read Code of Ethics A.5). In addition, as a counselor, I am prohibited from engaging in counseling relationships with friends, family members, or other people I might have dual relationships with. I will maintain clear professional boundaries with you once we form a counselor-client relationship (e.g., any virtual relationships through social media are not allowed).

If You Are In Crisis
If you are in crisis or in danger, please call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room to get the immediate care you need. You can also use the following hotline number to get help.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-787-3224
Or contact your local area crisis services.

My Online Counseling Service

Currently, I only provide online counseling services. In addition, since I am only licensed in the states of Pennsylvania and Washington, I can only see U.S.-based clients who live in these two states. However, I am open to seeing clients who live in other countries. Counseling sessions will be conducted through video chat platforms (e.g., doxy.me). I have completed the online counseling training as a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider, so I am well-informed about distance counseling processes and will follow all relevant regulations and HIPPA rules. To ensure confidentiality, during counseling sessions, I will be in a room by myself where no one will hear us, and you will need to be in a space where you have confidentiality and privacy too. Research has shown that online counseling is as effective as in-person counseling; however, I understand that online counseling may not work for everyone. Therefore, when you request service, I will need you to provide some information about the issues that you want to work on (again, you don’t need to give me any info you don’t want to; you decide what safety feels like for you!) so that we can evaluate whether online counseling might work for you.

Counseling Session Fee
60-minute Individual Counseling: $150 USD
* Language: I provide counseling in both English and Mandarin/Chinese.
* I will only provide online counseling for adults clients (age 18+).
* Unfortunately, I am currently unable to accept insurance. I am willing to provide sliding scale if needed.
(**A sliding scale is a flexible fee structure, tailored to you and your particular needs. One therapy-goer may pay more or less than another depending on their unique personal circumstances and what they are able to afford. Please don’t hesitate to contact me and we can talk about this.)

Parenting Consultation Fee
30-minute Consultation: $60 USD
60-minute Consultation: $120 USD
In addition to individual counseling service, I provide parenting consultations. Consultation is NOT counseling. During consultation sessions, we will discuss any issues your child may be having. I will provide you psychoeducation and resources and, together, we will develop interventions to help address your child’s emotional and behavioral issues. More than one consultation session may be required, depending on the issues being addressed.
*Language: I provide parenting consultations in both English and Mandarin/Chinese.

How Does It Work?

If after reading the information above you decide you would like to work with me, please click the “Request Service” link and fill out the service form. After receiving your request, I will contact you and we will go from there 🙂

I maintain a small caseload in my online counseling practice. If my caseload is full when I receive your request, I will let you know that I have placed you on the wait-list. I strongly encourage you to seek out other therapists when you are on the wait-list. Your healing is important and I want you to get the services you need as soon as possible.

Please Read Here Too!

Thanks for reading this far! I am very excited about the possibility of working with you on your healing journey. If after reading this page you feel that online counseling may not work for you or that I may not be a good fit, I hope that you will continue your search for a therapist who can meet your needs. It is important that you find a therapist that you feel comfortable with and connected to. Remember, you are the expert on yourself and you know how you feel (and please honor that)! It is also okay to change therapists; therapists will understand (Well, we might feel a little bit hurt, but that’s okay. We can handle it. It is not your job to worry about how therapists feel.) Sometimes it takes time to find a therapist who is the right match for you, so please be patient and continue to try! Also, if we start working together and reach a point where you feel it is not working, I hope that you will let me know; I will always be happy to refer you to a colleague or to provide you more information about how to find other therapists.

Again, I would be very honored to be a part of your healing journey, and I will be happy for you too if you find another therapist who can meet your needs! Either way, I am glad that you are here and wanting to get help!

If You Want to Read More…

I love reading and writing. Reading and writing can be therapeutic for your too. Followings are some of the websites I love. If you are interested in reading more, please go to the Resources page to explore more resources!

Websites:
Dr. Ramani
Dr. Dan Siegel
Brené Brown
Kristen Neff (Self-Compassion)
Jon Kabat-Zinn (Mindfulness)
Hilary Jacobs Hendel | The Change Triangle
Gretchen Schmelzer: Journey Through Trauma