About Tom

Hello! I’m Tom.

I was born in Beijing, China, and moved to the United States at age eight.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner working in California and Georgia and have worked in the helping professions for over nine years.  I earned my undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology from New York University and my Master’s degree from the University of Southern California.  

My journey to becoming a therapist started when working as a broker in NYC, I realized my true passion lay in helping people change their lives.  I asked myself, “What are you prepared to give up in order to chase your dream?” and answered, “Everything.” I then quit the broker profession, left New York City, traveled the world for a year and attended graduate school to follow my dream of becoming a therapist.  

As a therapist, I believe in holistic healing and continued professional development. The typical therapist is required 30 hours of continued education every two years. I have over 600 hours of post-graduate education in the last two years alone. I hold certifications in: Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Positive Psychology (the science of happiness), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Trauma-Informed CBT, Somatic Experiencing, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Internal Family Systems.

I use these specialized methods in accordance with what works for each client. My goal for my clients is to heal from their past, understand their present, and re-shape their future.  

My Expertise

Trauma and PTSD

Grief & Loss

Relationship Issues

Eating Disorders

Minority Issues



Domestic Violence

Stress & Anxiety

Career Development

Sexual Assault


Education and Certifications


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from New York University (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Positive Psychology from University of North Carolina
  • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner 
  • Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing) Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy: Therapist, Polarizations, Extreme Protectors and the Cycle of Addiction
  • Substance Use and Misuse, and Biopsychosocial Model of Addiction
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia License CSW007676
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California License 108340

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