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About Nicole

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Pronouns: She / Her / Hers


Nicole is a third generation Chinese American and grew up in a working class neighborhood in San Francisco, CA. Growing up, her parents always encouraged her to value community building and social justice. She remembers attending protests, stuffing envelopes, and being taken to a lot of potluck parties!


After college in the East Coast, Nicole returned to California and worked at a non-profit as a grassroots fundraiser and volunteered as a rape crisis counselor.  During this time, Nicole realized that true healing lies within us and how we respond to pain and suffering.  This realization lead her to become a therapist.


Nicole says, “As a therapist, I have an unassuming, curious and open style of exploring your inner world, paying attention to the role that your family of origin and cultural background plays in the way you think and act in the world.  I enjoy working with people who have never been to therapy and come from families where therapy is a foreign concept. I understand and appreciate the awkwardness and newness of being vulnerable in front of someone. For the Asian community especially, I want to help redefine therapy as not something that is just for people with mental illness, but a place for growth and self-understanding. “


She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has 7 years of clinical experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples. She graduated from California Institute of Integral Studies and was a postgraduate fellow at the Access Institute, nationally renowned for its psychoanalytic training program.


Nicole have given talks/workshops on the psychology of Chinese American identity, the importance of boundaries, self-care for social justice activists, and the intersection between psychoanalysis and social justice.

Specializations

  • Loneliness and social anxiety
  • Dependent personalities
  • Low self-esteem
  • Excessive worrying and  over-thinking
  • Lack of clarity with your career and professional direction
  • Sadness, grief, existential pain
  • Exploration in gender, sexual, cultural and class identity

Education & Training

  • MA in Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
  • Bachelors in Sociology, Wesleyan University
  • Traineeship The Clinic Without Walls
  • Internship at Access Institute
  • Larkin Street Youth Services
  • Asian Community Mental Health Services

Accepting Clients

  • Accepting clients for in person sessions in San Francisco, California.
  • I offer online, confidential sessions for clients residing in California when clinically appropriate.