Joyce Jo-Tzu Sun, Ph.D.

joyce sunDr. Sun obtained her Ph.D degree in counseling psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her master’s degree in psychological counseling from Columbia University. She had practiced psychotherapy and counseling in different settings, including the psychiatric departments at Mt. Sinai Hospital at NYC and Taipei City Hospital; counseling centers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Oregon State University, and Teacher Chang Youth Guidance Center at Taipei. She also received intensive training in psychological testing from the Disability Resources and Educational Services at University of Illinois. She is now working as a registered psychological assistant of Dr. Pan to accumulate her post-doctoral clinical hours required by California Board of Psychology.

Dr. Sun is also experienced in academic settings. Prior to her relocation to the bay area, she had been a tenure-track assistant professor at the Graduate Institute of Counseling Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling at National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan. She is currently an adjunct faculty at Argosy University and New York Medical College (online course). Courses she has been teaching including, but not limited to the following: counseling theories, counseling skills, career counseling, psychopathology, family and couple therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, counseling in medical settings, counseling people with disabilities, school counseling, and introduction to psychology.

Dr. Sun mainly uses evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy with the infusion of Multicultural, Family Systems, Psychodynamic, and Interpersonal approaches.

Her specialty areas includes treating clients with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career choice and development concerns among adolescents and adults, trauma, grief and loss, personality disorders, self-harming behaviors, bipolar, and schizophrenia. In addition, she has extensive experience working with couple and family, sexual assault survivors, and domestic violence survivors.

Being bicultural herself, Dr. Sun always works with clients under the multicultural framework. She pays close attention to acculturation issues of immigrant families, and parental and kinship influences among Asian population.

Dr. Sun is fluent in English and Mandarin, and fair in Taiwanese.