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My Story


I am a therapist in training and have obtained 500 hours clinical practicum working with individuals and families in crisis, individuals with clinical mental health issues, and/or youth offenders with emotional trauma, behavioral, and conduct disorders. Examples include but are not limited to Opposition Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder. This Spring, I will complete my 3-year Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and begin my two-year residency here in Madison, Wisconsin.


My specialty and area of expertise is ADHD.  I hold a double certification as a Life Coach and ADHD Coach and have experience coaching individuals with ADHD from toddlerhood, preteens, teenagers, adults, and seniors for  two decades.  I have been a guest blogger for the Center of Coaching Certification website and a total of fifteen of my writings have been featured.  I have also written a contribution chapter specifically about ADHD, which was published in the most recent edition of Coaching Perspectives (ISBN-13: 978-0692330135).


I am a member of Delta Kappa, the International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society. Delta Kappa is the official honor society for the field of Marriage and Family Therapy and serves to further and complement the work being done by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Family Therapy Academy, and the International Family Therapy Association. Delta Kappa recognizes my achievements for maintaining a 4.0 GPA through the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northcentral University.


I am also a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and the Wisconsin Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (WAMFT), as well as on the Wisconsin Association of Marriage and Family Therapists committee conference board.



I was adopted from Vietnam and grew up in a small town near Chicago, Illinois. I have traveled to many countries in Europe and Asia since the age of eleven, including riding the famed Transiberian Railroad System from Beijing to Budapest. In 1992, I was the youngest to ever be accepted as a student in the Chinese Language Department of the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China and the only student to finish their 3-year program in ten months. I hold an Associate's Degree from Elgin Community College, a Bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College in Asian Studies with a concentration in Chinese History and am fluent in Mandarin Chinese.  


In 1997, I moved to Beijing where I learned and lived the Chinese culture for nine years. It was in Beijing that I was blessed with motherhood. From 1998 to 2011, I created and tailored my own home schooling curriculum for my son who has ADHD. I was also the founder of Beijing’s only expatriate home schooling community group to date. In 2003, I wrote an essay entitled, “Path to Parenthood” about overcoming cultural boundaries as a foreigner and home schooling parent in China, which was published in a post-graduate textbook, Beyond Cultural Anxieties: Ingredients of Fear, Tests of Character (Trade Paperback, Sept 2004).  I was also the director of a children’s program in Beijing, for which I trained the teachers and wrote a tri-level EFL curriculum, equipped with accompaniment workbooks.

Although there are no licensing requirements for coaches, I hold a double certification as a Life Coach through the esteemed Center for Coaching Certification and as an ADHD Coach through JST Coaching, and studied directly under one of the nation’s most famous ADHD coaches, Jodi Sleeper-Triplett.  Both programs are approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and follow the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.  I follow the ICF Code of Ethics and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) Code of Ethics.

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