I'm a graphic designer, jewelry designer with a small business, and a psychotherapist based in Oakland, California.
I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and have lived in the Bay Area since the mid 90s. After working in finance and social work, I eventually landed in a place where I get to indulge in my two passions: art and design, and contributing to the advancement of mental health (I'm also a psychotherapist with a small private practice. Check out more about my work as a therapist at atheniatengpsychotherapy.com). While seemingly two unrelated paths, being a therapist and graphic designer/artist do inform each other! Being a therapist makes me an active and patient listener, and distiller of the core meaning or intention of words said, which is especially helpful for the process of coming up with a design brief and understanding design feedback; and being a graphic designer/artist allows me to more easily access my creativity while working as a therapist.
I have an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. Between these, I went to The Academy of Art in San Francisco for years taking graphic design courses both on the bachelors and masters level.