Announcing a 12 Week Women’s Relationship Growth Group

5th June, 2016 - Posted by admin - No Comments

Currently scheduling initial interviews.

12 week Women’s Relational Growth Group 2016

When: 12 weeks, Tuesdays @ 6-7:30pm

August 16th to November 1st 2016

Where: 1100 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Affiliated with
Christian Psychotherapy Services 

Enrolling Now! Email or Call:    or     415-763-8072

Fee: $50 per session ($600 total) $300 due at first group, remainder due at 6th

group (9/20). 30min. initial interview included.

Group Facilitated by:

Colleen Lam Nguyen, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #93375

What Should I Expect?

Group therapy involves a therapist who leads a group of roughly five to 10 clients. Typically, groups meet for an hour and a half each week. Some people attend individual therapy in addition to groups, while others participate in groups only.

Many groups are designed to target a specific problem, This group will focus on improving relational health/growth for women, helping women deal with a range of issues such as difficulty with family members/mother/father, significant others, co- workers, and friends and/or general personal emotional growth concerns.

Benefits of Group Therapy

Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Therapists say, in fact, that group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.

Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.

Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience emotional health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don’t know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.

More Than Support

While group members are a valuable source of support, formal group therapy sessions offer benefits beyond informal self-help and support groups. Group therapy sessions are led by a therapist with specialized training, who teach group members proven strategies for managing specific problems. That expert guidance can help you make the most of your group therapy experience.

Is group therapy enough?

Many people find it’s helpful to participate in both group therapy and individual psychotherapy. Participating in both types of psychotherapy can boost your chances of making valuable, lasting changes. If you’ve been involved in individual psychotherapy and your progress has stalled, joining a group may jump-start your personal growth.

How much should I share?

Confidentiality is an important part of the ground rules for group therapy. However, there’s no absolute guarantee of privacy when sharing with others, so use common sense when divulging personal information. That said, remember that you’re not the only one sharing your personal story. Groups work best where there is open and honest communication between members.

Group members will start out as strangers, but in a short amount of time, you’ll most likely view them as a valuable and trusted source of support.

*adopted from Ben Johnson, PhD

‘Inside Out’ – Perspectives from 3 Christian Therapists

2nd March, 2016 - Posted by Stephanie - No Comments

After Inside Out won Best Animated Feature at the Oscar’s on Sunday, we’d like to share with you a resource from a few of our therapists. Last summer, our staff took a field trip to view this movie together, and it really moved us! So much so that a few of us decided to put our thoughts in writing. As Christian therapists, we provide insights into a few significant areas from the movie that resonate with the struggles of our clients: sadness, anger, and attachment with early caregivers. We hope these writings and reflections allow you to grow spiritually and emotionally… and hopefully laugh a little too! Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, we hope you’ll read on!


~Shared by Stephanie Gluch, Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
~Writings by Dr. Sam Leong (Clinical Psychologist), Dr. Alex Wang (Clinical Psychologist), and Stephanie Gluch (Marriage & Family Therapist Intern)


To view this ebook on Apple IPad devices, download the file here and open it and transfer it to your device: EPUB3 file (.epub)
To view this ebook on Kindle devices and reader apps, download it here and open it up on your device: KF8 file (.mobi)


Surviving the Holidays

9th December, 2015 - Posted by admin - No Comments


a Brief Group

December 18th, 2015

1100 Sanchez Street

San Francisco, CA 94114

Fee: $30
Medicare accepted

The Holidays can be a difficult time for many. Come join us for a group to process and learn tools and skills on how you can survive and thrive during the holidays.

If interested contact: or

Co-facilitators: Alex Wang, PhD &

Colleen Lam Nguyen, MFT Intern, supervised by Gracia Wiarda, LMFT

Affiliated with Christian Psychotherapy Services 

click on this link Holiday Group Dec 2015 for pdf version of flyer

Inside Out

23rd August, 2015 - Posted by Sam - No Comments

As is common with most therapists, the opening question at the start of the therapy hour is usually: “what’s on your mind?” This has become more intriguing given the increase in the general public’s understanding of what goes on inside our minds. Some credit goes to this summer’s blockbuster production from Pixar – the “neuroscience rich movie – “Inside Out”. This is a rather cleverly conceived and delightfully delivered movie about Riley, an 11-year-old girl who relocates with her family from Minnesota to San Francisco. The heart of the story is the personification of this girl’s five core emotions (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust), which are colorfully depicted as “live” animated characters.

The movie does an excellent job of increasing the audience’s emotional intelligence in learning how to identify each core emotion and its role in daily life. But it goes further to show the complex interplay of emotions and thoughts and behavior within an individual. Furthermore, viewers gets to see the role that emotions play in organizing one’s life and the impact of core memories in shaping one’s personality. Riley’s dominant emotion from childhood was Joy but as the movie unfolds, the reality of sadness (and loss) plays a bigger role. By the end of the movie there is a greater integration between joy and sadness (as well as other emotions) as portrayed in a vulnerable and intimate family scene where Riley is finally able to share her sad feelings of missing her life and friends in Minnesota.

In our lives, learning how to manage ones emotions is a daily challenge. A good starting point is to know what you are feeling and reflecting on what these feelings are teaching you about what is important to you. How are you doing in identifying your emotions and learning from them?

Free Luncheon & Presentation for Ministry Leaders: June 2, 2015 @ 11:30am

17th May, 2015 - Posted by admin - No Comments

Christian Psychotherapy Services

invites you to attend a TOPICAL DISCUSSION and LUNCHEON

The Hidden Struggle Towards Forgiveness

 Presenter: Alex Wang, Ph.D.

When:  Tuesday, June 2nd 11:30am-1:00pm

Where: 1100 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Directions to CPS:

Who:     Pastors, spouses, support staff, and lay leaders are welcome

What:   Enjoy a casual lunch, meet CPS staff and other ministry leaders


Topical Discussion:

  1. Clarifying confusion about forgiveness
  1. How to help church members struggling with ongoing anger and a sense of injustice, to forgive others.
  1. How to help church members struggling with guilt to forgive themselves.


RSVP no later than May 29th or (415) 764-0252


Introducing Alex Wang, Ph.D.:

Alex Wang Ph.D. is a graduate of Alliant International University’s Clinical Psychology program. He has worked at Kaiser Permanente for over 8 years serving adults with a variety of clinical needs. Prior to becoming a psychologist, he worked in different fields including drug discovery research in several biotech firms and a US government lab, programming databases at a consulting start up, teaching high school science, and ministry work with college students at UC Berkeley. He speaks Cantonese and can address some clinical issues for clients who prefer using Chinese. Dr. Wang is married and along with his wife and daughter attend church in Berkeley. He recently joined Christian Psychotherapy Services as a licensed psychologist.

Visit Dr. Alex Wang’s Website

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

14th April, 2015 - Posted by admin - No Comments

Everyday we are faced with events – ripe for our interpretation.

From the moment we wake to our first hello to a fellow human – we take in information. Our brains work at lightening speed to process meaning to help inform our next step, next word, feelings and behaviors.

Objectivity is rarely a lone ingredient in this process. We all have unique beginnings and environments from which we developed. As a result, we process all these daily events through our individual lens, for better or for worse.

What if we slowed down our day and played it in slow motion? What if we challenged our interpretations and self statements? Could we inject just a little more analysis, logic, and objectivity and alter the narrative that may lead us toward emotional health and freedom?

There is definite power in the stories we tell ourselves.

 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” -Philippians 4:8

-Colleen Lam Nguyen, MFT Intern

10 Reasons Why You’ll Find Pre-marital (or Pre-Engagement) Counseling Helpful

13th March, 2015 - Posted by admin - No Comments

During the spring season, it’s common for couples that are planning weddings to consider their relationship health and search for a pre-marital therapist at our therapy group. Thankfully, my caseload is the fullest it’s been due to this season! So here are some reasons why I think you might consider partnering with a therapist when you’ve decided to commit to your current relationship, or maybe when you’re trying to decide IF to commit!

1. The wedding is just one wonderful day, but the marriage is years filled with both wonderful and hard days

2. Issues are easier to deal with when you’ve made a plan and communicated in advance

3. Couples who are willing to learn and grow together have a much better chance at having a happy relationship

4. A neutral third party can help to best explore different aspects of your relationship

5. Sex doesn’t happen like it does in Hollywood

6. It’s more natural to always tell your spouse what they’re not doing versus learning to communicate your relationships needs and desires

7. Unfinished business is brought to your relationship from your nuclear family and previous romantic relationships

8. Merging 2 different people’s cash, debt, and spending habits is not a straightforward process

9. Often opposites attract which leads to different perspectives and approaches

10. It’s like getting a preventative check-up from a doctor versus receiving medicine when there’s already a problem.

~Our therapy group also works with pre-engagement couples since that can be an even more beneficial time to explore a couple’s developing relationship. In other words, it’s before wedding contracts and deposits have been made. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you feel like you could benefit from this support.

by Stephanie Gluch, Marriage & Family Therapist Intern

SEMINAR: Surviving the Holidays 12/5 @ 6:30pm

2nd December, 2014 - Posted by admin - No Comments

SEMINAR: Surviving the Holidays

Date & Time: Friday, December 5th 6:30-9:00pm

Help for the divorced and separated during the holidays.

If you’re separated or divorced, the holidays can be a lonely, stressful, depressing time. But there’s hope. Join us for an encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new ways to enjoy them again.

Facilitated by Stephanie Gluch, Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
P: (415) 814-0024 | E:

Registration is $5/person, but the first 10 people to register will receive a complimentary registration. Contact Stephanie as registration is required.

Space is limited so register early. We hope you can join us!

What lies underneath

13th November, 2014 - Posted by admin - No Comments

I recently heard a yoga teacher say: “The practice of yoga is knowing your body and your unconscious habits. In knowing yourself, you welcome opportunity for changes.”

In other words, knowing yourself and your unconscious habits allows you to identify patterns that may not be helpful in your life. It opens the door for opportunity to make changes. In yoga, knowing your poor posture allows you to strengthen those muscles you need to walk around the world with more flexibility and confidence.

There is a parallel with one’s emotional and spiritual life.

Knowing yourself, your thought processes, core beliefs, and emotions can offer an opportunity for lasting change.

In our fast paced society with smartphones and twitter feeds, it can be difficult to slow down enough to understand and know yourself better. As a Christian, it takes discipline and trust to slow down, look inward and then upward towards the vertical. When we look to God and spend time listening, we can enter His rest. It is here that we can allow the word of God to do its work. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

One simple way to slow down and be open to this process is journaling. It could be a traditional notebook or even your smartphone. There are apps out there to help you!

Journaling can be an invaluable way to know yourself by processing your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings and how they affect your everyday life and major life decisions. You can start out by stating what mood you’re in and chart what thought, person or event triggered it. Ask yourself questions like: When have you felt this way before? Never? Often? As an adult or a child? What thought is attached to this feeling? Is the thought rational or irrational? How can you rewrite that inaccurate recurring thought to make it more rational or accurate? How then does it feel? How does this all relate and connect with your spiritual life? What might God be saying to you in truth and love? After all, He knows all our thoughts before they come to be.

What if I told you, that one hour a week to slow down and process holds the possibility to change the course of your life?

“Great events, we often find, on little things depend, and from very small beginnings, have oft a mighty end.” -From “The Power of the Littles” Anonymous

-Colleen Lam Nguyen, MFT Intern

Free Workshop

11th February, 2014 - Posted by admin - No Comments

Christian Psychotherapy Services

invites you to attend a


What to do With the Emotionally Troubled Person in Your Church?

Presenter: Marie Fang, Psy.D.

When: Tuesday, March 4th 11:30am-1:00pm

Where: 1100 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Directions to CPS:

Who: Pastors, spouses, support staff, and lay leaders are welcome

What: Enjoy a casual lunch, meet CPS staff and other ministry leaders

Topical Discussion:

Join us for a discussion and casual lecture exploring how to:

  • Identify and respond to individuals who may have mental illness/need psychological attention in the church
  • Identify and respond to individuals who may be a distraction or a danger to others in the church
  • Create a church environment that is welcoming to those the world perceives as “outsiders” (e.g., homeless, mentally ill, veterans, prostitutes)

RSVP no later than Friday, February 28th to or (415) 562-6916

About Marie Fang, Psy.D.

Marie Fang, Psy.D. specializes in working with marginalized populations and individuals struggling with finding a sense of identity.

Learn more about Dr. Marie Fang by visiting her profile:

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