Angela Li, Ph.D.
Angela Li, Ph.D.
Body Image Issues
BA in Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder
50-minute in-person sessions are available in the San Francisco-FiDi location.
Teletherapy sessions are also available.
All appointments must be scheduled in advance.
San Francisco-FiDi Office
I offer individual therapy to adults experiencing a range of concerns including anxiety, stress, depression, career concerns, relationship issues, and life transitions. Many express difficulty balancing busy professional lives with maintaining a fulfilling personal life, and express a fear of getting stuck. Clients are often interested in improving their communication and coping skills, and looking to achieve a sense of ease and calm in their lives.
Additionally, I work with couples who feel feel stuck in their patterns of communication, misunderstanding each other’s needs, and having difficulty keeping the stress in their lives out of the relationship.
I understand that going to therapy can be intimidating and strive to create an affirming and warm space through utilizing an empathetic, authentic, and humorous approach. I believe the therapy relationship is critical to the success of therapy itself. My approach is active and solution-oriented. I use a variety of evidence based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), exposure therapy for anxiety, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). I frequently utilize mindfulness and self-compassion techniques. I customize treatment to fit each person’s unique needs, preferences, and strengths. We will collaborate to develop a toolkit of strategies that works for you.
WHY I LOVE THIS WORK
I am honored by clients opening up and connecting with me. I am frequently moved by their experiences, and inspired by their resilience. I love being able to work with people to help them make positive changes they may have once doubted they could make.
WHAT I WANT FOR YOU
My hope is for clients to gain a more balanced and flexible perspective, and feel confident in being able to handle anything life may hand them. I strive to help clients gain a better understanding of their triggers and patterns, and be able to make a choice of how they respond. I aim to help clients experience the freedom to face life in accordance with their values. Through doing so, my hope is for clients to feel that their personal and professional lives are more fulfilling and enriching.
MY SPECIALTIES, BACKGROUND, AND PERSONAL INTERESTS
My clinical training includes a variety of settings including hospitals, university counseling centers, and a community-based domestic violence center. I completed my predoctoral internship at UCLA’s counseling center and postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Walnut Creek. My clinical training has focused on evidence based practices to treat a wide variety of mental health concerns.
I have enjoyed working with a highly diverse range of individuals across ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic status. I welcome clients of all backgrounds, and have a passion for working with underrepresented communities. I myself am 2nd generation Asian American, and enjoy working with individuals who experience issues around multicultural identity and 1st and 2nd generation immigrant dynamics.
I published research on the topic of romantic relationship quality and its association with mental and physical health. Through this work, I understand how relationships play a vital role on mental health and have a passion for working with individuals to improve their relationship quality.
In my spare time, I enjoy singing and making music, exploring new restaurants, and traveling.
Northern California Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Network
Asian American Psychological Association