About Dr. Choi
Dr. Amy Choi is a licensed clinical psychologist in California who has been involved in the field of mental health for more than 20 years. She has been trained in diverse theoretical orientations and treatment modalities, including, but not limited to psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior therapy, behavior analysis, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Internal Family System, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Lifespan Integration Therapy, Comprehensive Resource Model Trauma Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy, and Intimacy from Inside Out Couple's Therapy (Internal Family System based couple's therapy).
She has worked with a wide range of clients -- adolescents, couples, families, older adults, individuals with developmental disabilities, individuals with early childhood neglect and abuse, individual with PTSD and/or developmental traumas, individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, and individuals with personality disorders,
Dr. Choi has training and experience in treating anxiety, depression, OCD, behavior problems, abuse victims, PTSD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, Borderline personality as well as other personality disorders.
Dr. Choi brings all of her training in various theoretical orientations and treatment modalities and all of her experiences of working with such a diverse population to treating her cents. Her treatment is individualized to best address each client's needs, to reduce levels of distress and suffering, and to help restore a sense of wholeness and expand a client's awareness of the present moment so as to maximize the meaning of his or her experience of life.
While all of her diverse training and experiences are integrated into what Dr. Choi provides to her clients, her approach is also informed by current research in the area of development, attachment, mind and body integration, neurobiology, and spirituality. To Dr. Choi, a therapist's presence and attunement to a client's emotional experience in a therapeutic relationship is the most crucial aspect of psychotherapy; a therapist's presence and attunement should always guide the process of a person's intrapsychic restructuring of cognition, emotion, and body. Dr. Choi believes effective therapy brings together the affective, cognitive, behavioral, physiological, and spiritual systems within a person, always with an awareness of the social and transpersonal aspects of the systems surrounding those of the individual person.
Dr. Choi is dedicated to expanding her expertise to ensure her practice remains informed by the most current research and discoveries in therapeutic approaches and techniques. During the last three years, she has spent over 1000 hours attending major conferences and clinical workshops. Additionally, she is an active member of many different psychological organizations and subscribes to a number of medical journals. Dr. Choi is actively involved in consultation groups in which experienced mental health professionals come together to promote continuous professional growth and to challenge each other to pursue excellence and the highest to helping clients.
Dr. Choi provides services for following symptoms/issues:
Relationship Issues, Difficulty with Intimacy, Marital Conflict, Family Problems, Work Stress, Grief/Loss, Anger Problems, Impulsivity, Behavior Problems, School Difficulties, Adjustment Problems, Chronic and Severe Depression, Dysthymia, Social Anxiety, Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Emotion Regulation Problems, Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
All services provided by Dr. Choi will be informed by all of her trainings in psychodynamic therapy, behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, couple therapy, family systems therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) for Traumas, Internal Family System, EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy),, Comprehensive Resource Model, and Life Span Integration Therapy. Dr. Choi will also be sensitive and open to integrating Spiritual dimensions to therapy she provides.