Ms. Kou, in addition to providing general counseling services, specializes in art therapy. She has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults who suffer from a variety of disorders, among them depression, post-traumatic stress, autism, anxiety, bereavement, marital conflicts, attentional deficits, behavioral or impulse control disorders, and schizophrenia. Ms. Kou graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Ms Kou’s education at Loyola Marymount University has given her a strong foundation to integrate her art backgrounds and to use art processes to provide psychotherapeutic services to clients, including children, adolescents, adults and families. The training fully prepared Ms. Kou to become a practicing marital and family therapist skilled at integrating art processes with a family systems orientation. Ms. Kou has worked in psychiatric hospitals with adults, in residential group homes with abused and neglected children, and in an out-patient Asian agency with Chinese immigrants to the United States. She has worked extensively with Children, adolescents and adults who suffer from mood, anxiety, social and behavioral disorders.
Through her experience, research and dissertation on Art Therapy in parent-child issues with Chinese immigrants, Ms. Kou has come to strongly believe that art therapy is an effective and powerful way to break through defenses toward therapy. Art therapy can be a particularly effective modality to overcome negative attitudes and beliefs toward therapy, because it allows people to express themselves while remaining silent. Particularly with children, art therapy allows the expression of feelings and problems which children may have no words to express and which they have never been able to bring forward to others.