Tier I Therapist
Hi, this is Asteria
I strive to sincerely connect with my clients by creating a safe, compassionate, and collaborative therapeutic space. To see a person walk away lighter, freer, and excited to live their own personal journey after healing from wounds and obstacles in their path is the ideal way for me to achieve my value of life. There is nothing better than seeing a human being alleviated from emotional, psychological, spiritual, or relational pain. I hope that each of my clients can gain hope, optimism, confidence, and happiness through the counseling journey, and constantly discover and accept the unique self in the process. I genuinely appreciate all the efforts that each client has made for themselves and hope to accompany and support their personal growth. Let's work together to start a more fulfilling new chapter in our lives.
I offer services in both English and Mandarin.
There is nothing better than seeing a human being alleviated from emotional, psychological, spiritual, or relational pain.
As a Chinese international student, I think my background gives me some advantages in terms of diversity. These experiences have made me very sensitive to challenges caused by cultural conflicts. I would love to help my clients to find common ground among the differences while searching for and maintaining their own unique characteristics.
I have rich experience in counseling-related work and scientific research. During my undergraduate years, I gained experience while working at a rehab center and counseling private practice in Yunnan. I also worked at UCI Care Center with a strong initiative to raise awareness and stand in solidarity with individuals who have been impacted by sexual and interpersonal and family violence.
My goal is to support your overall health and prosperity with empathy and compassion! Let’s work together!
With the desire to tailor therapy to the unique needs of each client, my therapeutic approach draws from an eclectic blend of therapeutic techniques, including person-centered, strength-based, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and narrative approaches.
Depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma, self-esteem issues, body image, multicultural issues, and interpersonal and relationship issues.
Supervisor: Huilin Lai, LCSW: R081942
Degree: New York University - M.A. of Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness (in process)
Degree: University of California Irvine - B.A. of Psychology with honors
More About Me
I love dancing and watching movies! This is my way to self-care! I believe that mental strength is not just the ability to stay out of the darkness, it is also the ability to sit present in the darkness knowing that the light can shine again. There is no set way for you to do therapy correctly. Your individual process is valued and I am here to help!