My medicine is listening with empathy, increasing self-compassion, and cultivating resilience. I’ve been practicing therapy since 2009 and have supported people in healing their psychological and emotional wounds, stop numbing their pain (e.g., through drugs or alcohol), and live a life consistent with their values.
While I'm incredibly proud of supporting my clients in being able to get back to a life worth living, what I’m most proud of is working towards dismantling racism and oppression in the institution of therapy and decolonizing mental health.
But it wasn’t always this way. I didn’t even know psychology existed until I was 18 years old, when I randomly took a Psychology 101 class. Growing up, my family never talked about feelings, how to deal with stress, or anything related to mental health- that wasn’t even in my family’s vocabulary. Even though my parents and other family members had survived the First Indochina War and Vietnam / American War, growing up, they never talked about any of these experiences. It was likely a mechanism of survival- the only way they could move forward in a new country to create a stable life.
We tend to believe if we keep all our fears, anxiety, sadness, or shame to ourselves, we won’t burden our loved ones. If we keep all our pain to ourselves, others will still see us as strong and worthy of love, even if we don’t see that in ourselves. Or as children of immigrants and refugees, our pain isn’t comparable to our parents or caregivers who may have escaped atrocities, and so we shouldn’t talk about our problems.
Has there ever been a time in your life where you were struggling, but felt like you couldn’t talk to your family or friends because you didn’t want to burden them? Where you didn’t want to be shamed for your struggles because of the decisions you made, so instead, you suffered in silence? And so maybe you covered up the pain by numbing out- maybe by alcohol, partying, or even staying busy, working or studying constantly without any breaks.
When I discovered psychology and had my own therapy sessions, I finally understood the value in talking about our stuff- the stuff we’ve been told to keep to ourselves. I’ve deepened my understanding on how the trauma and pain of colonization, war, migration, racism, and other systemic oppression, have shaped my ancestors, parents, myself, and my community. That’s why I feel called to work towards decolonizing what I have learned about mental health, wellness, and healing.
My mission is to provide a safe space for BI POC on their journey towards radical healing, building resilience, and increasing capacity for being fully, beautifully human.
You're lost and overwhelmed
You feel broken, useless, or worthless, overwhelmed by emotional pain and stress. You may be struggling to maintain sobriety or have difficulties coping with past trauma or current stressors.
Whether you feel depressed or anxious, are experiencing relationship stress, struggle with addictions, or because you’re just going through some tough times- I will provide a safe space and work with you to figure out how you can live your best life. I will approach our therapeutic relationship with authenticity, empathy, and non-judgment, my top values as a therapist.
I can help you.
I provide one-on-one sessions focused on helping you stop the struggle with painful thoughts, feelings, and memories, and build coping skills and grit.
I use an integrative approach, informed by liberation psychology, somatic psychology, neuroscience, and spirituality. You will learn coping skills to manage overwhelming situations or feelings, and how to increase your ability to experience uncomfortable or unwanted emotions. You will learn to let go of the struggle with things that do not enhance your life, and put energy into the things that are important to you.
The number of sessions depends on your goals and progress. Session length, frequency and duration of treatment are based on evaluation, then collaboratively discussed and determined by need. My current rate for a 50-minute session is $175. I am not currently accepting insurance, but can provide you with a Superbill to submit to your insurance. Saturday appointments available only at this time.
There is a deep need for us to be heard and understood by others- Dr. Hall offers this space. Dr. Hall's kind, calm and welcoming demeanor, along with her attentiveness, compassion, and keen understanding of the human struggle, makes her a gift to psychology. Knowing Dr. Hall for over a decade, I feel extremely confident in her ability to help empower others in healing their own lives. --K.N. Clinical Psychologist & Professor
To begin, Ivy has a natural ability for building trust and rapport with clients, whether in group facilitation or individual therapy...What I noticed in particular was the obvious ease and rapport between her and the clients. The clients were impressed to see one of their therapists donned in a hair net, dishing out turkey on her day off. The other thought that came to me as I observed her interacting with clients was her ability to connect with them. Ivy has a quiet and calm demeanor about her, but it does not prevent or hinder her warmth from coming through.
While working with Ivy I have observed two noteworthy interests she feels strongly about. One is her deep commitment to cultural awareness and the second is her definite interest in trauma, recognizing its universality and the potentially devastating effects on emotional functioning. She is knowledgeable about diversity issues and takes every opportunity to bring cultural factors into her clinical work. --M.D.W, Clinical Psychologist & Former Supervisor