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 you feel understood and supported by your 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 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. Because of this, I tailor my approach to each individual’s needs. In our initial call together, I ask a few questions about what kind of support you’re looking for and I will propose some options for what therapy could look like if we worked together. I value collaborating with my clients to ensure we are adjusting our work in such a way that it best meets your needs.
Most importantly, I strive to create a safe space to do this work. Some of the elements I utilize to foster safety include:
- Holding an open-minded, nonjudgmental approach
- Tailoring therapy to your individual needs
- Creating space for collaboration and feedback
- Striving for your best interest over my own, including referring you to a different therapist if we might not be the best fit to work together.
- And, as is required of all therapists, holding your privacy sacred. I don’t ever reveal information about my clients outside of the office and take all reasonable measures to protect your privacy whenever information is transferred digitally (e.g., email, scheduling, and credit card processing).
I have a special interest in working with those navigating various aspects of their identity. Everyone goes through periods when they question what makes them who they are. Some examples 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.
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.”