HI, I’M DR. MARIE FANG
There’s a vast amount of research looking at what makes therapy most effective. Though some therapeutic techniques prove more helpful than others, the overwhelming finding is that therapy is most helpful when the client feels understood and supported by their therapist. I hope you allow yourself the time to get to know any therapist a little before scheduling your first appointment with them.
I began pursuing a career in therapy at a young age. My personal and professional experiences over the years have since shaped and shifted my therapeutic style. However, it has always remained constant that I view the therapy office as a space where all can feel accepted without fear of judgment. I believe those who seek therapy with a desire to grow and willingness to challenge themselves will bring about positive change in themselves.
I see my role as one of supporting my clients in their individual journey of growth. Often people seek therapy when they feel like they’ve reached “the end of their rope.” Others may simply seek therapy as an opportunity for personal growth. Whatever your station in life, I aim to meet you where you are at and challenge you based on your individual needs. Most importantly, I strive to create a safe space to do this work.
I have a special interest in working with those struggling with issues of identity. Everyone has periods when they question what makes them who they are. Some examples could include the issues that arise when transitioning into adulthood, immigrating, or reconciling tensions that come when you feel like you don’t “fit in.” I have experience with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and have a special interest in working with those with questions surrounding their racial/ethnic identity, sexual identity, and gender identity. My faith as a Christian woman also guides my practice. I welcome spirituality in the therapy room based on my clients’ preferences when appropriate. I also have extensive experience working with anxiety in its various forms.
Please feel free to contact me to schedule a free phone consultation so we can get to know each other a little before we schedule a meeting.
San Francisco Christian Psychotherapy Services
2012 – 2017
I completed my postdoctoral training here and began my pursuits in private practice post-licensure here. In this setting I largely worked with church and missions staff as well as college and graduate students, often referred through student missions organizations.
Journey of Life Counseling and Assessment Services
I completed a portion of my postdoctoral training in this private practice setting offering both counseling and assessment services to an array of individuals and couples.
Palomar Outpatient Behavioral Health
I completed my predoctoral intern hours at this full-time CAPIC-accredited Intensive Outpatient Program. In this context I offered individual and group counseling to individuals experiencing an array of severe mental health disorders requiring intensive assistance to sustain their daily self-care.
Springall Academy Special Education Services
I completed my third year graduate internship working with special education individuals age 6-21 whose IEP required or recommended counseling services, offering both group and long-term individual work in this setting.
Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) – Counseling and Treatment Center
I completed my second year graduate practicum training working with individuals from various Asian communities living within the greater San Diego area. While here I focused primarily on working with individuals receiving low income who were mostly non English-speaking. Most of the individuals I worked with were refugees from the region of Southeast Asia.
University of San Francisco
Part-Time Faculty Instructor
Part-Time faculty instructor at USF San Jose’s MFT program. Course: Individual and Systems Assessment.
California School of Professional Psychology
Alliant International University – San Diego Campus
Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) and Masters in Clinical Psychology
Dissertation: “The Experience of Racial Identity Development Among Biracial Asian-White Adults in the U.S.”
University of California, San Diego
Bachelor of Science in Psychology