Welcome to this space, my name Lai Chien and I'm an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist supervised by Sandra Stultz, LMFT at Sankofa Holistic Counseling Services in Oakland, California. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Touro University with a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. And it is an honor to have this opportunity to work with you on this explorative and healing journey.
I am a cis-gender, first-generation Hong Kong-born, Chinese-Vietnamese American by way of North Carolina, Georgia, and finally residing in Oakland and Alameda, California on Ohlone Land. I am a harm-reduction focused, strength-based, sex-positive, kink-positive, change-oriented therapist utilizing narrative psychology, motivational interviewing and DBT concepts such as radical acceptance to empower growth and promote well-being. I enjoy tending to my aquariums, plants, cooking and/or eating, days with the redwoods or the beach.
Personal experiences have led me to build my career in mental health. Like you, I was searching for answers to the whys I didn't understand and the hows to change. I found that it is possible to make positive changes after experiencing emotional events and personal struggles. It is with these experiences that I hope to create a non-judgmental and safe space where you may feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings. And we can work collaboratively to set your treatment goals and create an individual care plan towards wellness.
My hopes are to widen the breadth of communication in the Asian Community by reducing the stigma towards mental health and help to dispel the concepts of the model minority and empower clients to nurture their own growth and resilience towards a balanced homeostasis.
When you are ready to put in the work, please feel free to reach out to my office at (510) 775-1339 and we can set up a consultation visit to further discuss what matters to you.
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