Get to know Cindy

I remember feeling incredibly vulnerable when I reached out for support through therapy.  I was guarded, and accustomed to telling those around me that, "everything was alright." But it wasn't. I wasn't. Therapy was a gift that I didn't know I needed. My feelings mattered, and my pain was seen. Through therapy, I not only felt acceptance and validation but was also empowered to be more authentically myself.

As a therapist, I want to encourage others to reach out and experience the benefits of therapy. Every therapist has their own unique way of working with people.  My therapeutic style is rooted in the belief that people are intrinsically valued and are deserving of fundamental human connection; to be seen, to be heard, and to be understood. These fundamental values hold the framework in how I work with the individual. 

 I am a firm believer that people already have answers to their own questions. With your lead and collaboration, I will highlight your strengths, and mirror your innermost thoughts. The ‘magic’ happens when you give yourself the space to be curious about your past and present experiences while being equipped to explore different angles and perspectives to create new insight that encourages you to be your truest, most authentic self. 

Asian American Therapist in SF Cindy Shu

Professional Background

and Qualifications


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #101250


Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship


California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) 

San Francisco Chapter (SFCAMFT)



Mandarin, Chinese (Spoken)

Dominican University of California 

M.A. in Counseling Psychology,

Provide mental health services to individuals who may be dealing with drug addictions, experiencing trauma and homelessness.  Link clients to community services and offer vocational counseling and assessment. Advocate and promote social justice for underserved populations.  

Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS):
CAAP Counseling and Pre-Vocational Services

emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

San Jose State University

B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Communication Studies