Reankos Counseling Center ｜ Self-Acceptance -The first step toward change.
University of San Francisco, California, USA (M.A. in Counseling Psychology)
San Jose State University, California, USA (B.A. in Psychology)
National Taiwan University (history major)
Taiwan Counseling Psychologist License (#004043)
Certificate of Telephone Crisis Line Counseling, Bill Wilson Center, CA
Certificate of Domestic Violence Counseling, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments, CA
Supervised by Dr. Helen Hsu, President of Asian American Psychology Association
Youth & Family Services, Fremont, CA
Aspiranet Family Intervention Program, CA
Santa Clara County Crisis Line, CA
Insidetrack Coaching Inc., CA
Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Devry University (Online), US nationwide
Junyi Experimental High School, Taitung, Taiwan (Director of Counseling)
Bilingual workshops and support groups facilitator in Taiwan and the US
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Family of Origin
General Mental Health Issues: depression, anxiety, panic attack, emotion regulation, etc.
Grief and Loss
APPROACH & PHILOSOPHY
Each person’s story is unique and incomparable, yet all humans have the tendency to grow closer to the true self. Therapy is more than merely fixing a problem; it can be a journey of self-discovery and self-actualization. A person’s perception of the world can be the result of culture, education, early childhood experiences, family upbringing, significant life events and developmentally unmet needs. All humans have a remarkable capacity for self-healing. Relationships can break; relationships can heal. The stories I have witnessed show that in every breakdown, there is an opportunity for a breakthrough. This therapeutic encounter is about becoming a person who enjoys a more fulfilling personal, social and spiritual life.
My approach to counseling is an eclectic blend of person-centered theory, psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral theory and systems theory. During my 10-year journey abroad, I have lived and worked in several cities in the U.S. As an organizer of a multi-cultural personal growth group in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve spent years observing and researching intercultural relations. I have worked with adults, youth and couples from a wide range of socioeconomic conditions. The population I have worked with includes aboriginal youth and families in eastern Taiwan, multiethnic couples in Taiwan/US, Chinese international students in America, adult college returning students, graduates of top-ranked universities, low-income families, cross-border business owners, entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley, first and second-generation Asian immigrants, families with developmentally challenged children, youth in transition, retired professionals, LGBT individuals, and so on.
COUNSELING STYLE & QUALITIES
The basic elements of my counseling work consist of –
•Respect, authenticity, genuineness, empathy, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard.
•The client and I work collaboratively to determine the direction, pace, and depth of therapy.
•I help my client find his or her own inner strengths and resources in a relaxed and confidential environment.
•Each client’s political, sexual, religious and spiritual beliefs and practices will be equally respected and honored.
•Diagnosis does not define a person. Although a diagnosis can be a useful asset in recovery, mental health diagnostic labels sometimes stop us from finding our own voice. It is important that we use diagnosis wisely.
•Emotions will be handled carefully in treatment. Emotional disturbances, such as anxiety and depression, can be forms of reaction to normal life transitions. Understanding life transitions have a positive impact on emotional well-being and overall life satisfaction.
•Clients will walk out gaining self-understanding and insights and will be equipped with confidence and skills to face future life challenges without fear.