Hello! I am Emily, and I specialize in working with children and families who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress, and cultural challenges. I have a particular interest in supporting families and individuals living cross-culturally, including intercultural/international couples, international students, third culture kids (TCKs)/missionary kids (MKs) and their families, expats, and immigrant and migrant communities. If you are concerned about your family’s or your own transitioning and relationships, I can help.
Fluently bilingual in English and Mandarin, I have worked with diverse populations from conducting educational and psychological research at UCLA and teaching at an international school in Taiwan. I also grew up cross-culturally between Taiwan and the US (Seattle, Los Angeles, and now Virginia). Having experienced various cultures, I believe in the need for family and relational therapy to bridge cultural gaps and tackling cultural challenges (age, gender, sex, sexuality, ethnicity, class, religion). Together, we can find the solutions and supports that you and your family need to have better relationships in your family and your local community.
I earned my BS from University of California, Los Angeles where I majored in Cognitive Science minored in education. Now, I am in my last year of my master’s program and pursuing my Marriage and Family Therapist license in Virginia. I live with my husband who is a third culture/missionary kid in Charlottesville, and we often enjoy traveling to different states and hopefully different countries soon when the pandemic situation is more stable! In my free time, I enjoy watching Korean and Chinese dramas, listening to podcasts about different ethnic cultures, enjoying various cuisines, baking, and singing.
Currently, I work at the Charlottesville and Lynchburg office, but I also offer telehealth when appropriate. You can reach me directly at email@example.com.