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I’m Dr. Munn…

I’m Dr. Munn, online therapist and coach for professional women of color, and child & adolescent psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA

I enjoy working with diverse populations and specialize in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD and high functioning autism.

I am very passionate about working with women of color to foster their growth mindset, increase self-compassion, and develop coping skills to manage the stressors of living in a highly pressured and demanding environment, given the sociocultural political climate.

Additionally, I am extremely passionate about working with children and adolescents to increase mindfulness, distress tolerance, coping strategies, and executive functioning skills to foster emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and adaptive functioning.

After working in the mental health field for 11 years, I have found that it’s quite common for individuals to have a dual diagnosis, such as a neurodevelopmental disorder, accompanied with anxiety and/or mood disorder. Thus, the patients, families, and adults I work with present with complex symptoms and require a unique and culturally sensitive treatment approach to improve overall functioning.

In all, the work of being a psychotherapist is intricate, challenging, interesting, and very rewarding. I am truly humbled at the opportunity to connect with so many unique and gifted individuals and families, and feel privileged to do what I love, which is to help individuals and families to strengthen, heal, and transform.

If you’re located in Silicon Valley, identify as a professional woman of color, or you’re a parent with a child suffering from anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or high functioning autism, please feel free to email or call me and together let’s see how we could work together to reach your goals.

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Getting to the top even when it hurts by Dr. Munn, online therapist & coach

Self-care is about tuning into your body, mind and spirit, and my spirit desired to get to the top.

Getting to the top even when it hurts by Dr. Munn, Child & Adolescent therapist in Mountain View, CA|Online Therapist & Coach for Women|Treating ADHD, Anxiety, Depression & High Functioning Autism

Everyone desires to get to the top, but not every one reaches it. I had a mother and sisters who modeled for me to never give up, even when it was hard, even when it was painful, even if it meant crawling to get to the top.

Turning back was an option, in fact, it was always an option, but the curiosity to see what’s at the top, and the desire to accomplish the goal, and the lesson my mother and sisters taught me about perseverance, surpassed the urge to turn back.

Set your mind on the end goal; encourage yourself; acknowledge the pain; and keep moving forward. Self-care is about tuning into your body, mind and spirit, and my spirit desired to get to the top. If you need support with enhancing your self-care, consider seeking a therapist or contact me to book a free consultation.

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How to calm your child by Dr. Munn, child & adolescent therapist

How to calm your child by Dr. Munn, Child & Adolescent Therapist in Mountain View, CA & Online Therapist & Coach for Women with ADHD, Anxiety & Depression.

When children and teens are having a meltdown, their amygdala, which is responsible for quickly processing and expressing emotions, and part of the “downstairs” brain, is activated, making it hard to self-soothe, think rationally, and make good decisions.
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One of the things we can do to calm our children and teens is to “name the emotion.” When we label the emotion (e.g., you’re really angry right now now; you’re really disappointed right now), an area responsible for labeling and processing the emotion, the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex, gets activated and helps soothe the “downstairs” brain, causing the child to down-regulate and think more rationally.
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Thus, if you notice your child or teen getting overwhelmed, help them regulate by “naming” the emotion. If your child experiences persistent meltdowns and has a hard time self-soothing, seek a child & adolescent therapist.
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Children Need Boundaries to Control Emotions by Dr. Munn, child & adolescent therapist

Children Need Boundaries to Control Emotions by Dr. Munn, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA & Online Psychotherapist & Coach for Women with ADHD, High Functioning Autism, Anxiety & Depression.

Since young children do not yet have the ability to control their big feelings and body, setting limits for children will help them to develop their prefrontal cortex, also known as the “upstairs brain, “which is responsible for emotional regulation, good judgment, problem solving, and inhibition, to name a few.

When we set limits that are concise, clear and consistent, we are developing our children’s prefrontal cortex. By helping our children to understand the rules and limits of our social and cultural environment, we are developing their consciousness and moral compass.

While it may be hard to set limits because we want our children to be happy and receive the desires of their heart, it’s our responsibility as adults and caregivers to help our children to become empathic, morally sound, and productive members of society. One of the ways we can do this is to set limits that are developmentally appropriate, consistent, clear, and concise. Your interactions have a significant impact over your children’s personality development and the people they’ll become as they get older. Knowing this, will you choose to impact them today?

If you need support with setting limits and boundaries, seek a child & adolescent therapist.

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Self-care: Running by Dr. Munn

Self-care: Running by Dr. Munn|Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA|Online Therapist & Coach for Women|Treating ADHD, Anxiety, Depression & High Functioning Autism

I woke up this morning thinking that I wasn’t going to run because of all the things I had to accomplish today. Quite honestly, I wasn’t in the mood and I didn’t have the motivation or energy. I had a challenging week and decided to take the day off from exercising. However, at 7:30pm I decided to go on a run.⠀

Sometimes we do do things not because we want to, but because it’s good for us. When things get harder at work or at home for example, that’s when we have to be more intentional about taking care of ourselves. Truthfully, I’m a better person, friend and therapist because I run. I reminded myself of this today! And although I may look a bit tired here, I’m so glad I went on this run!! 🏃🏻‍♀️⠀

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Self Care Tip: Spending Time with Friends by Dr. Munn

Self Care Tip: Spending Time with Friends by Dr. Munn, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA & Online Psychotherapist & Coach for Women with ADHD, High Functioning Autism, Anxiety & Depression.

One of my favorite self-care activities is to spend time with friends and celebrate life. There’s nothing like being in a room full of beautiful, intelligent psychologists and psychotherapists! Everyone is so warm, caring, and personable! Today, we celebrated my friend’s baby at her “baby sprinkle.” I recently learned that “sprinkle” is a term used for second pregnancies and more! Had no idea! 😄

This morning, we laughed, connected, and ate delicious gluten free donuts and french fries in a lovely setting! I feel honored that this beautiful woman, amazing mother, and lovely human being, Renata, aka Dr. Way is in my life!  I look forward to many more experiences together and I’m so excited to meet this baby!

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When Children are Struggling to Calm Down by Dr. Munn

When Children are Struggling to Calm Down by Dr. Munn Saechao, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA & Online Psychotherapist and Coach for Women with Adhd, Autism, Anxiety & Depression.

When children feel angry, rejected, shamed, embarrassed, overwhelmed, or dysregulated in any way, they need us to be there for them; in other words, they need us to connect.

Connection might mean a hug, a soft touch, a soft look, or validation of their emotions. When we connect and soothe our children, they regain control.

Connection is key to emotional regulation, particularly for young children who have very limited capacity to modulate their emotions and behaviors.

Once children are in calm state, the next step is to ask yourself this, “Is my child ready to hear me; ready to learn; ready to comprehend?” If the question is no, more connection is needed. If it’s yes, teach the lesson.

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What Children & Adolescents Need When Having a Meltdown

What Children & Adolescents Need When Having a Meltdown by Dr. Munn, online therapist and coach for professional women with ADHD, anxiety and depression and child and adolescent therapist in Mountain View, CA

Often times, parents are perplexed at why their overall responsible and mature child or adolescent has a meltdown. Let’s pause for a moment and reflect on our experience. Our ability to regulate our emotions will fluctuate based upon a lot of factors, such as sleep, diet, workday stress, etc. Thus, it’s unreasonable to expect an adolescent to always have it together.⠀

When our children are struggling to control their emotions, they need our connection and our calming presence. I realize that the modern parent has an extensive daily checklist, yet when we are intentional about slowing down long enough to attend to their emotions and behaviors in the moment, they will feel seen, validated, and loved by us.⠀

And when I mean attend, I don’t mean, lecturing and asking them, “why are you having a meltdown (when they’re in it)? I told you so…” These statements and questions are often not effective and escalate the situation.

Instead, maintain a calm presence, acknowledge their feelings and provide them with words of affirmation. When they are calmer, they will be able to receive and take in what you have to say. ⠀

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It’s my birthday and it’s time to celebrate!

It’s my birthday and it’s time to celebrate! by Dr. Munn, online therapist and coach for professional women, and child & adolescent psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA

t’s August 1st and it’s my birthday!!! I used to think that birthday celebrations were so overrated but now I love celebrating my birthday because of it’s symbolism! Birthdays are a wonderful time to slow down, reflect, and consider areas of growth, accomplishments, and aspirations. 2018 was an amazing yet incredibly difficult year, but 2019 is something else! I feel so grateful for the opportunities that have come my way and I’m excited for the journey ahead! I’m also thrilled for today’s festivities! I think I’m going to celebrate my birthday for the whole month. I mean, why not?! What do you like doing on your birthday?! I need ideas… 😊

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Mindfulness by Dr. Munn

Mindfulness by Dr. Munn, online therapist and coach for professional women, and child & adolescent psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA

Mindfulness is the state of being present with the mind, body and spirit.

Nature allows me to slow down and disconnect from the stressors and demands of daily living. In fact, I find the need to be in nature at least once a week. Of course it takes time and effort, but the pay off and gains are great!

My mood is better, I’m burning fat (I know why you’re thinking, what is she talking about?), my mind slows down and my thoughts get clearer; in fact, my most creative thoughts will often come when I’m running or hiking; I get vitamin D, and a little tan while I’m at it (with sunscreen on of course)! These are several reasons for why I hike in nature! 

How about you? Why do you hike or walk in nature? Please share. 

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Self-care Tip by Dr. Munn, online therapist & coach

Self-care Tip by Dr. Munn, online therapist and coach for professional women with ADHD, anxiety & depression, and child & adolescent psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA

I love being near water. I have a visceral reaction when I see a lake, a river, or the ocean. My eyes light up, I start to smile, I become very present to the experience, and I suddenly notice a positive shift in my mood. One of ways we can improve mood is by being outdoors. I often encourage patients to get out more and move around to improve their overall physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Today, my hope is that you get out and enjoy all that nature has to offer!

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Parenting

Parenting by Dr. Munn, online therapist and coach for professional women, and child & adolescent psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA

While this sounds simple, it can be hard for parents to provide children with a nurturing yet boundary oriented home environment. Why? ⠀

Parents are often inundated with the demands of daily living. Between working, cooking, cleaning, taking the kids to/from school and activities, etc., parents are often stressed and sleep deprived, making them prone to react and argue, bribe, give into their child’s demands, and fire consequences. Thus, it’s important to take a moment to breathe because this will increase your chance of responding appropriately to the situation.⠀

Now, keep this is mind: be intentional; try to meet the emotional needs of your child; set clear and reasonable expectations; and follow through without being too rigid.⠀

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Before you respond to your child’s misbehavior, consider this…

Before responding to your child’s misbehavior, consider this… by Dr. Munn Saechao, child and adolescent psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA and online therapist for professional women of color.

I’ve worked with many well informed and loving teachers and parents who respond to their children and adolescents with consequences out of overwhelm, frustration, and exhaustion. ⠀

When your child misbehaves, it’s important to pause, breathe, and consider “why” your child might be acting out. For example, is it to get your attention? Is it to express a biological need? And is it developmentally appropriate? Asking these questions will increase your empathy and odds of effectively responding to your child’s developmental needs.

Second, ask yourself, “what” do I want to teach my child in this moment? Do I want to teach them to be more patient or be more diligent about studying independently for example? Whatever it is, be intentional about want you want to teach your child in the moment.

Third, consider how best to teach the lesson. If you want to motivate your child to do well academically for example, rather than threatening to take away something (e.g. football, video games, etc.), encourage them to try their best; reward them for studying and working really hard, and be consistent.

A reward can be simple and small such as a labeled praise and/or gesture (e.g. I’m so proud of you for your hard work, extra hugs and kisses). You know your child and what motivates them. Just make sure the reward is genuine, reasonable, and earned.

The hardest part about all of this is to pause, breathe, and think, especially when overwhelmed and under pressure. Yet when you practice this type of self-control and thinking, you model for your child emotional regulation and critical thinking, and you are helping them to develop their executive functioning skills.

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