Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Cross Cultural Issues
- Divorce and/or Separation
- Family Conflict
- Grief and Loss - General
- Parenting Issues
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Cross Cultural Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Satir Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
Counselling practice website:moonlightcounselling.ca
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Counselling, with over 30 years of experience as a community-based social worker serving immigrants and refugee claimants. In additions, I am an approved service provider for the Crime Victim Assistance program, ICBC and BCPFFAclients.
I offer in-office and outreach services to individuals, couples and families through psycho-educational workshops, therapeutic groups and individual counselling. Service is provided to clients in person, over the phone or Skype.
Over the past 20 years, I have extensive experience dealing with cross-cultural issues. I have been working in Metro Vancouver with clients from all cultural backgrounds facing various immigration and life challenges. During this time, I have been working as a settlement counsellor and parent educator helping immigrants, refugees, and international students who are adjusting to life in their new homeland and also adjusting to living abroad in a new school environment. I worked at The Canadian Red Cross and managed a diverse team of volunteers that provided emotional support and practical assistance to parents and caregivers dealing with critically ill children at BC Children’s Hospital. I work as a family counsellor at Family Services of the North Shore helping families struggles with child abuse and family violence
As a Chinese Canadian immigrant parent with extended family members, I know how important it is to support my clients in their life transitions – in their home language and cultural context. I am fluent in English and Cantonese, and also proficient in Mandarin, with cross-cultural counselling training.
My family members and I have gone through critical illness and car accidents facing life and death. My personal journey enriched my life experience in dealing with grief and loss, depression and anxiety, immigration and settlement challenges, parenting, and relationship challenges both at work and home. I also have board experience working with international students. I believe that everyone has inner resources to cope with life challenges.
My practice is client-centered, strength-based, and collaborative. I believe in integrating a variety of approaches such as the Satir Family Therapy, Solution-focused, cognitive behavioural approach (CBT) and Sandtray therapy. I believe change begin with choice. I will be with you making choices to transform life with an individualized experience.
Areas of Expertise in Counselling:
- Depression and anxiety
- Immigrant children and adolescent youth
- Immigration and settlement challenges
- Life and career transitions
- Grief and Loss
- Parenting and Family communication
- Separation and Divorce
- Personal growth, self-esteem, assertiveness
- Relationship challenges both at work and at home
Topics of Workshops or Group Sessions:
- Healthy Parenting
- The Joy of Grand-parenting
- Building Connection with Your Teens
- The Joy of Stress
- Effective Communication and Authentic Conversations
- Screen time
- Peaceful Meditation
- Grief and Loss
- Couple Relationships
- School Systems in BC
- Career Exploration
- Understanding Canadian Culture
Making choices to transform your life. I understand that sometimes the hardest part is getting started. You can book 20 minutes of free consultation by email or phone.
Client fee individuals:$130 plus GST for 50 minutes individual session
Client fee couples/families:$210 plus GST for 80 minutes session