Angela P. Wu, LCSW

Therapist and Coach

Feel Better. Live Better. Start Your Journey Now. 

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About Me

phone: (949) 933-9146

Approach and Background

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Hello,


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Licensed Therapist) and Personal Coach providing counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy in Tustin, CA.  I have over 16 years of experience helping others Feel Better and Live Better.


I work with adults, children, teenagers, families, couples, and groups of all ages.  My experience comes from working in inpatient and outpatient medical settings and mental health settings, and I am qualified to help my clients with a wide range of conditions and issues. 

 

Approach:  I offer a safe, comfortable, and trusted place for the journey towards happiness, growth, and healing.  I work from a holistic and strengths-based perspective to see the whole person rather than just the problem.  I examine the person-in-environment and believe that it's important to move beyond labels and diagnoses, and work on resolving underlying issues.  This includes looking at nutrition, hormones, medical conditions, exercise, lifestyle, environment, stress, trauma, and other areas.


In my practice, I help clients find real and practical solutions, skills, tools, and techniques so they can take back control of their own lives.  I help clients increase awareness and understanding by providing guidance, support, encouragement, and gentle challenges.

 

I offer short-term and long-term services in-person, online, and by phone.  I work with clients who wish to try to manage without medications, and clients who are interested in or considering a reduction in psychiatric medication.  I believe in choice, and respect the rights of the clients with whom I have the privilege of working. 


Depending on the needs and goals of the client, I may use one or several of the following techniques/therapies:  

* Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

* Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

* Solution Focused Brief Therapy

* Supportive Counseling

* Psychodynamic

* Systems

* Psychoeducation

* Motivational Interviewing

* Coaching

* Recovery-Based

 

* Mindfulness

* Behavior Modification

* Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

* Existentialism

* Family Therapy

* Group Therapy

* Play Therapy

* Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

* Nutrition Support

* Lifestyle Changes


License:  CA Board of Behavioral Sciences - Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) LCS 23205

 

Education:

  • University of Southern California (USC) - M.S.W.  (Social Work with Concentration in Mental Health)
  • University of California, Irvine (UCI) - B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior (With Sociology Minor)

Training and Experience:

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare
  • Telecare Corporation
  • South Coast Medical Center (now called Mission Hospital Laguna Beach)
  • UC Irvine Medical Center
  • Metropolitan State Hospital
  • Child Guidance Center
  • OC Health Care Agency Children and Youth Services
  • OC Health Care Agency Prevention and Early Intervention
  • Western Youth Services

Conditions and Issues

I have trained in many different settings and am qualified to help with a wide range of topics and issues.

I specialize in depression, anxiety, and stress management.

  • Adolescents - teenagers
  • Attention deficit (ADHD and ADD)
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety - Social Anxiety, GAD
  • Asperger's
  • Behavior problems
  • Binge eating
  • Bipolar behaviors
  • Bereavement
  • Career
  • Caregiver stress
  • Children
  • Chronic pain
  • Communication skills
  • Coping skills
  • Defiance
  • Depression - Dysthymia
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Eating disorders
  • Fatigue - Loss of energy
  • Grief
  • Hallucinations
  • Health conditions
  • Insomnia - Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Life events and transitions
  • Lifestyle and habit changes
  • Loss - Change
  • Marriage Issues
  • Medication Taper (supportive counseling in conjuction with your prescribing provider)
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Obesity
  • Panic or fear
  • Parenting and family issues
  • Personal growth
  • Pregnancy & post-partum issues
  • Professional goals
  • Relationship issues
  • Relaxation skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-improvement
  • Social skills
  • Stress management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Traumatic events
  • Weight-loss goals
  • Workplace issues

 **More on Conditions & Issues**

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One-on-One sessions between you and me.  Individual sessions offer privacy and focus on your specific needs and goals.  E-therapy (online, virtual, internet) counseling and coaching also available.

Small group sessions consisting of no more than 6 clients. Group therapy, group counseling, or support groups allow clients to meet others with similar concerns, and offer a safe setting to gain insight and practice skills.

Sessions for partners in relationships or marriages.  Couples counseling or couples coaching sessions can help with communication,  heal past hurts, improve relationships, and identify resolution to problems.

One-on-One counseling, coaching, or psychotherapy sessions for kids and adolescents with mental health, behavioral health, or more common everyday concerns.  Family counseling or sessions for parents and family members.