I was born and raised in Taiwan until the age of 14 before moving to Minnesota, where I attended high school. My passion for communication science and disorders was ignited during my junior year in college, and I immediately developed a deep love for this field. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and subsequently pursued my master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Syracuse University. Currently, I am enrolled in the doctoral program in speech-language pathology at Northwestern University. Every day, I feel immense joy knowing that I have the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives and foster meaningful connections with families.
I work with children who have a variety of speech and language needs, with a particular focus on bilingual Mandarin-English children and autistic individuals. My approach is grounded in naturalist, child-led, relationship-based, neurodiversity-affirming, strength-based, and family-centered methods. Recognizing that each child is unique, I tailor my interventions and treatment plans based on their individual strengths and interests, ensuring that they receive evidence-based care.
As a non-native speaker and an international student, I have often found myself in the minority within the field. There have been moments of self-doubt along my journey, but I have come to realize that my diverse background has shaped me into a compassionate and empathetic therapist. I embrace my unique perspective and use it as a strength to provide the best possible care for those I serve.
Short Term (Solution-focused, etc.)
Ideal for those who are coming in with a specific problem they’d like to address and gain clarity on. Typically, short term therapies are present focused and do not dive deep into your past.
Structured therapies are goal and progress oriented. Therapists may incorporate psychoeducation and a specific “curriculum.” In order to stay on track, therapists may provide worksheets and homework.
Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic, Existential, etc.)
Exploring the past and making connections to present issues can help clients gain insight. Getting to the root of the issue and finding deeper self-awareness can help with long-term change.
Non-directive (Humanistic, Person-centered, etc.)
Going with the flow and seeing where it leads.
Behavioral (CBT, DBT, etc.)
Focuses on changing potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors by addressing problematic thought patterns and specific providing coping skills.
Trauma Focused (EMDR, TF-CBT, etc.)
Recognizing the connection between trauma experiences and your emotional and behavioral responses, trauma focused therapy seeks to help you heal from traumas.