Angela P. Wu, LCSW

Therapist and Coach

Feel Better. Live Better. Start Your Journey Now. 

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Services

phone: (949) 933.9146

I provide a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential place to sort out life's issues.  I will work with you to determine which service (counseling, coaching, or psychotherapy) is the best approach for your situation.  Click about me to learn more about my approach.

 

Therapy, counseling, and coaching are helpful for those who want to understand more about themselves, make changes, and/or achieve personal growth. Sessions are also helpful for people with signs or symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, anger, irritability, insomnia, behavioral problems, and others. Counseling, psychotherapy, and coaching can help improve self-awareness, a sense of well-being, and functioning at home, work, school, and in relationships.  It can generate motivation, help people get unstuck, and move forward to living a quality life.  


Sessions are helpful for anyone going through a major life event or transitional period when they may benefit from extra support: (marriage, separation, divorce, relocation, pregnancy & post-partum, motherhood, fatherhood, starting college, job promotion or job loss, peri-menopause & menopause, mid-life crisis, empty-nest or children leaving the home, retirement, diagnosis of a health condition, death of a loved one, and others).  Extra support and guidance is very helpful for anyone and everyone when needing to get through a rough patch in life.  I work with a wide range of conditions and issues, and I specialize in depression, anxiety, and stress management.

Counseling

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We all need a little support or guidance from time to time, especially when we're vulnerable from stress or going through major life events or changes.

  • Are you going through a tough time with changes in your life?

  • Are you under a lot of stress?

  • Are you having trouble sleeping?

  • Are you in the process of a major life event or transitional period?

  • Has there been a change (positive or negative) in your job?  Health?  Relationships?  Roles?  Living situation?  Or finances?

  • Are you tense and worried about your future?

Parents:

  • Are you a parent of a teenager or adolescent who is "getting out of control"?
  • Would your child benefit from learning social skills or having a professional to talk to?
  • Do you suspect that your teen is using drugs or alcohol?
  • Is your child talking back?  Defiant or having behavior problems?
  • Is your child anxious, depressed, withdrawn, or school grades have dropped?

Supportive counseling can help.

Perhaps you're having trouble sleeping or you can't stop the thoughts that run through your mind.  You're able to take care of your responsibilities, but you have to put in extra effort to get things done.  You may have lost your appetite or maybe you can't stop eating everything in sight.  It's harder to concentrate, and somehow making decisions isn't so easy anymore.  

It's best not to wait until things get really bad.  Your relationships and work may already be suffering, or you may feel tired, tense, angry, or easily annoyed.  If you find yourself arguing with other people more than usual, or you're withdrawing and isolating, it's a good idea to get some help.

Supportive counseling is helpful for people who are adjusting or in transition to life events, stressors, or changes in roles or expectations.  Some people will have a tough time and then bounce back- other people may need some help to get back on track again. 

Psychotherapy

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Psychotherapy can help you feel better, live better, calm the anger, relieve the stress, and get rid of the constant worrying.  Therapy can help to get you back to the person you recognize, and like- back to the you from before- the old you... the you that enjoys life and looks forward to each new day.

  • Do you feel like something just isn't right in your life?

  • Are you under a lot of stress?

  • Do you feel anxious, nervous, or on edge?

  • Are you tense and tired from constant worrying?

  • Do you feel depressed, sad, or irritable?

  • Do you feel like you're always hungry?  Or have you lost your appetite?

  • Are you suffering from pain, headaches, or stomach issues, but doctors can't find anything wrong?

Psychotherapy can help.  If you find yourself arguing with other people more than ususal, withdrawing, or you're developing medical conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, it's important to pay attention to the signs.  It's time to start taking better care of yourself to get back on track today.

Children, teenagers, and families can also benefit from therapy.  It's best not to wait until things get really bad.  If your child is having behavior problems, talking back, throwing tantrums, or his/her school grades are dropping, it's important to get help.  If your child keeps having physical signs like headaches, stomach aches, and fainting or dizzy spells, he/she may be trying to tell you something.  If you wait to get help, the situation will likely worsen, and your kid's behaviors can also develop difficulties in your marriage and relationships to other family members. 

Personal Coaching - Life Coaching

You have strengths and talents, but they're still hidden, or maybe you're not applying them in the best way.  Perhaps you are already successful in many areas, but want someone who is unbiased to check out your ideas?  Maybe you need a few pointers or reminders to get you to the next level.

  • Do you want to have a better quality of life?
  • Are you looking for personal development or growth?
  • Are you interested in learning and practicing new skills?
  • Do you need guidance and help with accountability in areas of your life?
  • Are you interested in finding meaning or incorporating spirituality in your life?
  • Do you want a better life?  Job?  Relationship?  or Health status?
  • Do you have goals but need help getting there?
  • Do you believe you could achieve success if you just had a little help?
  • Are you looking to improve your parenting skills?

Coaching can help.  As your personal coach, I will tailor sessions to your specific needs and provide guidance, support, information, and skill-building to help you achieve your goals.  Personal coaching is useful for people who are seeking personal growth, an unbiased sounding board, help with identifying and achieving goals, and help with accountability to themselves as they work toward their goals.  In other words, personal life coaching can help you reach your maximum potential.  


Coaching is also helpful for clients being proactive and taking steps to prevent a big problem from developing later on, then coaching services focused on skill-building may be the right service for you. It's helpful to learn skills ahead of time and address concerns when they are small, rather than waiting until the situation becomes an unmanageable problem or impairment that insurance will finally pay for.

Coaching is different than psychotherapy or counseling, and does not involve a diagnosis or specific treatment for psychological conditions or crisis intervention.  Coaching is more directive than psychotherapy and counseling, and can help in many areas of life including family, career, finances, relationships, living environment, health, and spirituality.  Coaching can help improve coping skills, communication skills, social skills, parenting skills, relaxation and stress management skills, anger management, and other skills. Coaching is helpful for setting and achieving goals, ADHD, ADD, addictions, drug or alcohol misuse and abuse, weight issues, anxiety, parenting, Asperger's and many other topics. 
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Online (Internet - Virtual - E Therapy)

Sometimes, it is too difficult to get to the office for coaching or counseling services.  In these situations, I offer services online, or over the internet and use the video-conferencing tool Skype.  I also offer sessions over the phone to help clients who cannot fit a regular office session into their busy schedules.  Clients have found online and phone sessions very helpful to have in between office coaching sessions - for brief check-ins, tips, reminders, support, and encouragement.

 

These methods give clients the option to work with me, even if they reside far from my office or are very busy with work, family, and life.  Also, phone and online services are helpful first steps for clients with social anxiety and/or depression to access assistance.  I work collaboratively with my clients to identify the best approach and service delivery format - Please keep in mind that some issues are still best addressed in a face to face session in the office. 

Conditions & Issues

I work with the following topics:

  • Adolescents - teeenagers
  • Attention deficit (ADHD/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 & 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 
    

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.