Jono is a multilingual (English, Japanese, Chinese) individual and is a family psychotherapist licensed in the United States.
Jono is experienced in applying a wide range of therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Art Therapy, Family Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy to assist individuals and families in re-discovering hope and healing. His whole-person, strength-based therapy approach prioritizes the client’s dignity, empowerment, comfort, and success.
Jono specializes in addressing chronic depression, adjustment disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Borderline Personality Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), intercultural marriage, parenting issues, family conflicts, and substance abuse. He provides counseling in English, Japanese, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
Jono is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, having graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Social Work. He is originally from Hong Kong but studied abroad in Australia and has worked in both the United States and Japan. Jono has over 10 years of experience working with children, adults, and families.
In his free time, Jono enjoys spending time with family and friends, going shopping, and visiting cafes. He also enjoys reading, soccer, and playing music. Jono is also a collector and has a collection of action figures and plastic models, which he also enjoys building.
Key Concepts: multilingual, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Art Therapy, Family Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, whole-person, strength-based therapy, dignity, empowerment, comfort, success, chronic depression, adjustment disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Borderline Personality Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), intercultural marriage, parenting issues, family conflicts, substance abuse, English, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin.
o Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) that has a solution-oriented approach and aims to help process patient struggles from both a cognitive and behavioral perspective. The goal of CBT is to address negative thoughts (cognitive) or behaviors (behavioral) that are causing distress and focus on encouraging practical steps toward solving the problem at hand while tackling the anxiety that it may be causing. The basis of CBT rests on the idea that thoughts and feelings are what influence behaviors.
o Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): a type of therapy focused on actively rejecting the denial of internal thoughts and feelings, and recognizing them as reactions to situations one has experienced. This allows the individual to process such thoughts and feelings, and work to move past these obstacles blocking them from healing.
o Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is centered on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The goal is to reduce emotional distress and relationship struggles.
o Schema Therapy: a type of therapy that aims to work through “maladaptive schemas”, which are beliefs or perspectives on the self or others developed through unmet needs in childhood. The goal is to allow the individual to foster healthy relationships and decrease the distress caused by the adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s).
o Art Therapy: a type of therapy in which a client expresses themselves through an artistic / creative medium (typically focused on one medium), which the art therapist analyzes for ways to explore emotions on a deeper level that may be hard to express verbally.
o Trauma-Focused Therapy: a specific approach that understands how a traumatic experience impacts a person’s mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. This type of therapy is based on understanding the connection between the trauma experience and their emotional and behavioral responses.
o Solution-Focused Therapy: a type of therapy that analyzes an individual’s current situation and encourages finding concrete solutions to confront problems and improve quality of life.
o Psychodynamic Therapy: a type of talk therapy similar to psychoanalytic therapy during which a client is invited to speak about whatever they feel they would like to. Psychodynamic therapy places a focus on how the individual interacts with their external environment.
o Whole-Person Strength-Based Therapy: is a collaborative process between the client and the therapist, allowing them to work together to determine an outcome that draws on the client’s strengths and assets.