About Lena

My life’s path as a psychotherapist has been influenced by many forces. Growing up with a Southern father and Vietnamese mother broadened my world view, as I witnessed the delicate merge of Eastern and Western culture in daily life. Originating from a family of long-time Presbyterians, my Georgian father raised me in an altruistic environment of love and acceptance. My mother introduced me to Buddhist meditation at the age of 9. This spiritual seed has grown and flourished into a deep passion to share this wisdom with those seeking greater inner peace, emotional balance and a sense of wholeness. As a child, I was always attuned to the emotional energy around me. This led me down a path of wanting to help others through authentic connection.

Education & Work Experience

After earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Georgia, I became a “Double Dawg” and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UGA. During graduate school, I was awarded a graduate assistantship where I worked closely with the director of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program, promoting the professionalization of child welfare in the State of Georgia.

Following graduate school, I worked for Pathways Transition Programs, a private mental health center based in Decatur, GA. As a community-based individual and family therapist at Pathways, I provided counseling to children & families – gaining experience treating clients with trauma, attachment issues and working with families, systemically. Four years of this in-the-trenches social work gave me invaluable perspective on human resilience. Today, I own a private practice in Atlanta, working with individuals, families, adolescents and young adults, helping them achieve balance in every day life.

Credentials

 Master of Social Work, University of Georgia, 2010
 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Georgia, 2007

Professional Affiliations

 Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Georgia
 Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW) Member
 GSCSW Professional Education Committee Co-Chair
 National Association of Social Workers Member