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Reasons to Seek Therapy

Dark mental health path


I have experience using CBT techniques to help adults, teens, and children overcome persistent low and depressed moods, as well as suicidal thoughts.  Together, I will help you learn to recognize your triggers, understand your emotions and origins of negative thoughts, explore safe and useful coping skills, improve your self-talk, help you establish a stronger support system, build your strengths, and help you  be more comfortable with yourself and your identity.

Anxiety, stress, and uncertainty


I have experience using CBT techniques to help adults, teens, and children overcome various forms of anxiety ranging from social anxiety, panic attacks, intrusive/irrational thoughts, phobias, health anxiety, stress, and perfectionism.  We will learn the purpose of anxiety in daily life, identify where your anxieties come from, practice different relaxation skills, role play scenarios, and collaborate to help you reach a point where you're more in control of your anxiety.

Teens feeling alone

Individual Therapy for Teens

Growing up is a particularly challenging time for a teen who is developing their identity, navigating social/academic  stressors, and learning to be independent from their parents.  Many factors including post pandemic social/self-esteem issues, grief, and even technology can negatively impact a teen's mental health.  A teen that becomes withdrawn, isolated, and resistant to opening up can result in feeling alone.  Therapy can be a safe space to help make sense of emotions and improve relationships with loved ones. 

Some areas in which I can help include:

Depression, Anxiety, Emotional Problems, Stress, Bullying Issues, Self-Esteem, Body Image Issues, Social Relationship Issues, Behavioral Issues, Trauma, Difficult Parent-Child Interactions, and Relational Issues with Peers/Adults.

Family Therapy

Family Therapy

It is common for parents to struggle to understand their child's emotions, with clashing beliefs and values, and feel at a loss for words.  I believe parent involvement is a key component in helping their child learn and develop healthier coping skills, communication skills, and problem solving skills.  Parent involvement in family therapy will look different for each family depending on your child’s age. There may be individual parenting sessions and/or family sessions.

I am trained in a variety of Evidence-Based Practices (Triple P Child and Teen; Managing Adapting Practices) that equip me to teach and provide parent training and skills to help parents work as a team to improve their child's mood, behavioral issues, and family connections and relational problems. 

Life Transitions

Adults & Teens Experiencing Life Transitions

I understand that life transitions can be challenging as I've been through many.  Some common transitions throughout life for everyone includes: school/career/job issues, relationship issues, family challenges/stress, adjustment to a new location, grief & loss, and many changes.  There are stressors, goals, and milestones to prepare for, as well as endless changes throughout our various stages of life, which may exacerbate pre existing anxiety and depressive symptoms and even other mental health conditions. 


Low Self-Esteem

Sometimes low self-esteem can deeply impair us from daily life and ability to take care of our responsibilities in order to be a thriving human being.  You may be struggling with this if you find it difficult to make decisions, to speak what's on your mind, and even to stand up for yourself.  Low self-esteem shows up and has a tendency to make you doubt yourself and feel really small and insignificant. With guidance from me, you will learn skills to reconnect with yourself, be self-confident, and be more secure with who you are.

Professional Background of Deanna Wong, LMFT

Professional Background




Life Transitions

Personal Growth

Asian American Identity

Family/Relational Issues
Cultural and Diversity Challenges
Historical/Intergenerational Trauma


*Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma
*Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Enhanced
*Depression Treatment Quality Improvement (DTQI)
*Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
*Managing and Adaptive Practice (MAP)
*Standard & Teen Triple P Positive Parenting
*Crisis Oriented Recovery (CORS)


M.A. Marital and Family Therapy

Alliant International University

San Diego 


B.A. Psychology and Social Behavior

Minor in Educational Studies

University of California Irvine


Therapeutic Approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

An evidenced-based therapy used to help you develop a deeper understanding on how core beliefs can impact your quality of life and relationships.  Unhelpful negative thought patterns about the self and the world can be deeply embedded in us.  Learning to challenge unhelpful thoughts and change learned behavioral patterns will result in more successful coping, improved mood, and confidence in one's abilities.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

I incorporate DBT techniques for those who struggle tremendously with emotional distress and mood disorders. DBT consists of four modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness.  You will gain skills to improve the moment, cope with distress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others.

Family Systems &
Trauma-Informed Care

We may explore intergenerational family patterns, cultural beliefs and values, and process traumatic experiences to help you gain insight into how they have contributed to your beliefs about who you are today.  Oftentimes, unhealthy behavioral patterns or maladaptive ways of coping have been passed down through family due to generational issues.  I will create an empathic space for you to fully process this.

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