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                     Gabrielle Zhuang, LCSW, MA

Photograph by Shayan Asgharnia

Since 2007, I have served people from diverse communities in the Los Angeles area who have faced many complex challenges.

 With a Master's of Social Welfare from UCLA I have worked with survivors of human trafficking (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), older adults with chronic mental illness (Department of Mental Health), children and families (Jewish Family Service) and with Veterans (Veteran's Administration).  I have my MA in Depth Psychology and am currently working toward my Doctoral degree in Community Liberation and Ecopsychology (CLE) at Pacifica Graduate Institute

Presently I am serving as an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor and mindfulness facilitator at The Relational Center. I also serve as a board member of the John Lloyd Foundation, an organization that funds criminal justice reform.  In the past I have supported CompassionLA providing trainings on empathy development. I am a Level I community mindfulness facilitator certified by Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. I have extensive experience working with Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Identity and Racial/Ethnic Identity and Acute & Chronic Trauma. My specialties include working with Asian Americans, Bi-Cultural Identity, Older Adults and Veterans. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Asian American Psychological Association. 

At the intersection of professional and personal passion

At the core of the psychotherapy is the therapeutic relationship, to that end, I believe if we are going to work together you should know a little bit more about me. I am ignited by the complexities of turning toward justice and seeking social and personal liberation,  I am presently studying the intersections of Buddhist Psychology and Socially Engaged Buddhism, where personal liberation anchors and activates societal freedom. As a longtime student of Thich Naht Hahn and the Spirit Rock tradition, I have participated in a number of residential retreats in the US and Europe.  I am a Level I community mindfulness facilitator with Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. 

With a commitment to inhabiting an attitude of curiosity and awe I am also engaged in transformational embodiment practices such as 5 Rhythms Dance and meditation. I am also the lucky companion to a 3 year old pooch named Kelari. 

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