Angelica Sun, LMFT
Children, Adult & Couples Therapist
I am an Asian-American therapist seeking to create a healing and culturally affirming environment for Children, Teens, and Young Adults. I approach sessions with a focus on nurturing feelings and empowering you to break free from oppressive narratives that prevent you from growing into your authentic self. 我提供中文心理治疗服务。
Language: English & Mandarin
Sliding Scale: Not at this time
Insurance: Can provide a superbill for PPO plans
Accepting New Clients: No, waitlist available
- Anxiety & Stress Management
- Couples Therapist
- Trauma & PTSD
A Therapist for Asian and Asian American experiences
Immigrating to another country or being a child of an immigrant is a powerful experience; one that is multilayered, difficult, and complicated to navigate daily, yearly, and over a lifetime. Maybe you have struggled to understand a new culture, cultural norms, language, laws, familial and social dynamics, and more. Although exciting opportunities arise from immigration, so can much intergenerational trauma; you have faced many difficulties in trying to marry the values of your culture of origin and the culture of your new home. You may feel misunderstood, marginalized, lost, and unable to connect with others around you, including your own family.
Moving to a new country and culture can be incredibly challenging, especially when combined with other life changes, such as pursuing a university degree or accepting an international job offer. Learning to acclimatize to a new school system or workplace culture in addition to an entirely new country can be completely overwhelming, and you may need some help from a therapist who understands your struggles.
I have experience working with BIPOC and immigrant populations. As an international student myself, I have professional and personal experience of the challenge of being a foreigner in a new country and acclimating to a different lifestyle, culture, and immigration issues. As a therapist, I specialize in international working professionals and international students as I draw on my personal and professional experience dealing with acculturation and adjustment issues.
Therapy with Me: An Individualized, Creative, and Culturally-Sensitive Approach
Healing happens in many different ways, making therapy a personal experience. As a therapist, my goal is to take an individualized, creative, and culturally sensitive approach to therapy and tailor your experience to your needs.
I use tools and concepts from different types of therapy such as
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – focusing on how patterns of emotions, thoughts, and behavior influence you
- Existential Therapy – reflecting on your experiences and helping you find meaning, purpose, and strengths.
- EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) – helping you overcome painful memories that are still affecting you
I also draw from my experience navigating in multicultural settings, being in an intercultural marriage relationship, and working as a school teacher working closely with youths and families.
In the end, the most important thing is finding the integrative healing approaches that make sense to you in your life.
If you choose to pursue therapy with me:
First, we would first get to know each other and subsequently co-create an environment where you feel safe and comfortable to share and explore. We will talk about your needs, goals, and how you would like to be supported and guided. We will utilize various creative tools such as experiments, art, mindfulness exercises, and games to explore your self-expression and create a new toolbox of coping skills. I create a compassionate, positive, and patient atmosphere in all sessions.
I am a bilingual Mandarin-speaking Chinese therapist in an inter-racial marriage. I experience many cultural differences in my daily life.
I grew up with different boundaries, communication methods, and social norms, all of which impact my current life. I struggled to find my place in my family and community while still maintaining a sense of self. I strive to use my childhood and familial experiences to help others who are facing similar challenges. As a therapist, I create a safe, non-judgmental space for you, no matter what challenges you face.
Navigating Anxiety, Stress, and Depression for Children & Families
You are a parent who cares deeply about your child or teen. It has been so hard seeing your child struggle with anxiety, stress, or depression. Parenting has never been easy, but this has been extra challenging.
You want to provide support for your child but are not sure how and are feeling stuck. What you and your child may need is professional guidance from a caring therapist.
For Children and Teens: A therapist provides a non-biased place to talk about things that matter to your child, subjects they might feel shy or uncomfortable talking about with family. In human development, children and teens naturally have stages where they do not want to share everything with their parents. They try to establish their own identity or are worried about how their feelings will affect their family. A safe space with a therapist can help your child process their thoughts and emotions, learn healthy coping and communication skills, and gain a more adaptive perspective on life. I can be that person for your child. I have years of experience helping children and teens with anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma heal and find new meaning and perspective in their lives.
For Parents: Parenting is challenging. When your child is experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, or trauma, it is painful to watch. I can help. For years I worked with many children and parents as a school teacher and children’s therapist. I provide support, guidance, and coaching to help parents understand their child or teen better. I help parents develop parenting and communication skills and find better perspectives on their family life. As your therapist, I can help you become a better parent to your child and reach a new level of understanding and progress in your family dynamic.
Whether you are an adult struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma,
adult or an adult or couple looking to bi-cultural/multicultural experiences,
a parent looking for help for your child
I can help.
You don’t have to struggle alone. There’s help for you.
Find out how therapy can help you or your family today.
Registered California Board of Behavioral Sciences Number: LMFT 122774