Esther I Wei, M.A.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy, Western Seminary
M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
B.S. Architectural Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
CERTIFICATIONS | MEMBERSHIPS:
EMDR Certified Therapist (Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing therapy)
Qualified HeartSync Facilitator (QHF)
Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC)*
Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC)
Graduate of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy under Ellyn Bader Ph.D. at The Couples Institute
Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator
Certified SYMBIS Facilitator
Addiction Studies Certificate, Western Seminary
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)
California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
*LAADC is a non-governmental license
AREAS OF FOCUS:
Family of Origin Issues
Grief and Loss
Esther I. Wei is a Christian Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with highest honors and Addiction Studies Certificate from Western Seminary. Esther is also credentialed as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC). She focuses on treating individuals and couples to facilitate trauma recovery and to improve their relationships.
Esther integrates trauma-informed approaches as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Certified Therapist and as a Qualified HeartSync Facilitator (QHF), in addition to utilizing Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy strategies. Esther employs these methods to assist the brain develop new neuropathways, to reprocess disturbing memories, access healing, improve symptoms, and cultivate more secure attachment styles.
Esther graduated from the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy under Ellyn Bader Ph.D. at The Couples Institute and is trained as a Prepare-Enrich and SYMBIS facilitator. Esther has been collaborating with Joy Wong Liu LMFT and artist Mason Tong on a graphic novel marriage handbook since 2018. Esther and Joy offer Marriage Survival Trainings, which are marriage intensives for couples, as a synthesis of some of the key concepts from their shared research and expertise.
Esther welcomes clergy or leaders in the helping professions who may benefit from critical support in a confidential counseling setting. Esther enjoys helping others understand God’s development of their lives from a holistic perspective encompassing the spiritual and bio-psycho-social aspects. Separately, Esther provides member care services for missionaries through GoLiveServe.org (Mountain View, CA) and serves with the House of Hope Healing Center (Sunnyvale, CA).
Esther possesses a varied professional background in engineering, the corporate world, and nonprofits that allow her to understand a broad range of life/work contexts from which clients may come. As a second generation Taiwanese-American, she is also able to facilitate exploration of Asian American bi-cultural identity/family issues.