Sandy Kong, LMFT 119380
I am a first generation Asian-American and I have a very strong passion for helping others. I was born and raised in California. My parents are both immigrants, and came to the US, escaping a genocide in the late 70s. I have lived in different cities throughout the state of California. What prompted me to become a therapist was my own issues grappling with mental health - Anxiety, Depression, PTSD; living bi-culturally - trying to navigate traditional and cultural clashes, as well as growing up in a low socioeconomic area. Psychology saved my life. It plays a big part in who I am as a person and as a professional. I bring my life experience plus the knowledge, skills, and insight I've developed over the years into a space to co-create along with you, your experience, your knowledge, skills, and insight.
I possess an innate desire to provide assistance, support, and guidance to others. I was exposed to adverse environments where it provided me the opportunity to gain experience working with youth, individuals, and families of all ages with diverse cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I have experience working with Trauma, Complex Trauma, Grief/Loss, Anxiety, Depression, and Substance Abuse. My background includes working with domestic violence, victims of homicide, victims of crime, borderline personality disorder, sexual assault, immigrants, first-generation, second-generation, substance use and co-occurring disorders. I have worked in community-based, outpatient, and residential/in-patient settings.
Approach & Style:
- Client-Centered, Strengths-Based, & Trauma-Informed
Warm, Caring, Compassionate, Honest, Direct
Meet Bear, Nourish's Therapy Dog:
I have a trained therapy dog. Her name is Bear :)
She is currently 6 years old and approx. 10lbs.
I've trained her since she was a puppy, at 5 months old. She has experience sitting in the therapy room with me and clients. Her presence can either help calm someone down and/or lift them up and put a smile on their face. She's hypoallergenic and non-shedding.
Beware of the Bear Attack:
Bear loves to love. She enjoys giving kisses. She's prone to licking your face (Bear Attack). Some people love it, others don't. Please let me know ahead of time if you do or do not like them. Bear will only attend sessions upon requests. She does not go into the office unless there's a reason for her to be there. She does not bark, although can be vocally expressive when she's excited and can let out a squeal sound (sort of like a child on the playground).
Approach & Style:
- Client-Centered & Trauma-Informed
Warm, Accepting, Lovebug, Soft & Cuddly, Great Listener